Stolen Verses
From Our Hymnals

Verses & words that are no longer in most hymnals of today.

While some of us Bible-Believing hymn-singing folks get upset at the new contemporary hymnals, we need to realize that we also have been having changes made right under own noses - in our own Baptist hymnals.  Complete verses, words and even punctuation have been altered!

Some of the deletions dealt with bad doctrine, which is a good reason to omit them; but many dealt with good doctrine -  and obviously, that thievin' crowd certainly doesn't want to have any good doctrine around.

The following verses, words, etc. are the ones that have been left or altered in today's hymnbooks.  Go to your hymnal and put them back in.  Stop the voice of that stranger from speaking in your church through the hymns that we cherish and sing.

If you know of any changes in other hymns, please let me know.  I will be glad to add them to this list.  Keep a careful eye at garage and rummage sales for old hymnbooks.  There is a wealth of material in those old books.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls...
Jeremiah 6:16

Index of Hymns listed Below

Onward Christian Soldiers
Standing on the Promises of God
Just As I Am
Oh, How I Love Jesus
And Can It Be
Faith of Our Fathers
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
When I See the Blood
The Old Account Was Settled
The Old Book and the Old Faith
Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
When We Survey the Wondrous Cross
Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee
Am I A Soldier of the Cross
Amazing Grace
How Firm a Foundation
Rock of Ages
Shall We Gather at the River

Many Additional Verses
Sands of Time
Soldiers of Christ, Arise
Arise My Soul
Oh, For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

Onward Christian Soldiers
Crowns and throne may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of Hell can never 'gainst the Church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise, and that can not fail.

What the saints established, that I hold for true.
What the saints believed, that believe I too.
Long as earth endureth, men that faith will hold;
Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled.

Standing on the Promises
Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes you free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Just as I Am
Former title:  "Just as I Was"

vs 1  Just as I was
vs 2  Just as I was
vs 3  Just as I am - thy love, I own.
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, year, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come!

vs 4  Just as I am - of that free love,
The fulness and the depth to prove,
Here for a season, then above -
O Lamb of God, I come!

Oh, How I Love Jesus
Jesus! The Name we love so well, the name we love to hear!
No saint on earth its worth can tell, no heart conceive so dear.

This name shall shed its fragrance still along life's thorny road,
Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill that leads us up to God.

And there the whole triumphant throng of blood-bought saints on high,
Shall sing the new eternal song with Jesus ever nigh.

And Can It Be
(Note the punctuation in verse 1)
Died he for me? - who caused his pain!

'Tis mystery all!  The Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tires
To sound the depths of love divine.
Tis mercy all!  Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

No condemnation now I dread,
Jesus, and all in him, is mine:
Alive in him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Faith of our Fathers (The Cross)
Extended on a cursed tree,
Besmeared with dust, and sweat, and blood.
See there, the King of glory see!
Sinks and expires the Son of God!

I, I alone, have done the deed!
'Tis I thy sacred flesh have torn;
My sins have caused thee, Lord, to bleed,
Pointed the nail, and fixed the thorn.

The burden, for me to sustain
Too great, on thee, my Lord, was laid;
To heal me, thou hast borne my pain;
To bless me, thou a curse wast made.

My Saviour, how shall I proclaim,
How pay the mighty debt I owe?
Let all I have, and all I am,
Ceaseless to all thy glory show.

Too much to thee I cannot give,
Too much I cannot do for thee;
Let all thy love and all thy grief
Graven on my heart for ever be!

Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Wilt thou not regard my call?
Wilt thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sin, I faint, I fall,
Lo! on thee I cast my care;
Reach me out thy gracious hand!
While I of thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand,
Dying, and behold I live!

Hark, The Herald Angel Sings
(change "new-born King" to "KING OF KINGS")

When I See the Blood
Christ our Redeemer died on the cross,
Died for the sinner, paid all his due;
Sprinkle your soul with the blood of the Lamb
Yes, He will pass, will pass over you!

Chiefest of sinners, Jesus will save,
All He has promised, so will He do;
Wash in the fountain opened for sin
Then He will pass, will pass over you.

Judgment is coming, all will be there,
Each one receiving justly his due;
Hid in the saving sin-cleansing blood
Then God will pass, will pass over you.

Oh, what compassion, oh, boundless love!
Oh loving kindness, faithful and true;
Find peace and shelter under the blood
Oh, He will pass, will pass over you.

The Old Account Was Settled
3.  When at the judgment bar, I stand before my King;
And He the book will open, He can not find a thing;
Then will my heart be glad, while tears of joy will flow;
Because I had it settled, and settled long ago.

5.  O sinner seek the Lord, repent of all your sin;
For thus He hath commanded, if you would enter in;
And then if you should live a hundred years below,
Up there you'll not regret it, you settled long ago.

The Old Book and The Old Faith
'Tis the Book that tells us of eternal life,
After faithful service in a world of strife;
And this glorious triumph over death's dark fears,
Is the world's best gift in an age of countless tears!

I know there's a crown that is waiting
In yonder bright mansion for me;
And soon, with the spirits made perfect
At home with the Lord I shall be...

Saviour, Like A Shepherd
God has said, "Forever blessed those who seek me in their youth;
They shall find the path of wisdom, and the narrow way of truth."
Guide us, Saviour, guide us, Saviour in the narrow way of truth.
Guide us, Saviour, guide us, Saviour in the narrow way of truth.

Be our strength, for we are weakness; be our wisdom and our guide.
May we walk in love and meekness, nearer to our Saviour's side.
Naught can harm us, naught can harm us - while we thus in thee abide.
Naught can harm us, naught can harm us - while we thus in thee abide.

When We Survey the Wondrous Cross
vs 2.  Our God forbid that we should boast
We'd sacrifice them at his Word.
Vs 4
that were an offering far too small
Love that transcends our highest powers.

Jesus The Very Thought of Thee
Jesus! Our only joy art Thou.
As Thou our prize wilt be;
In Thee is all our glory now,
And through eternity.

Am I A Soldier of the Cross?
I'm not ashamed to own my Lord,
Or to defend His cause;
Maintain the honor of His Word,
The glory of His cross.

Amazing Grace
The Lord has promised good to me, his Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

Yes, when this heart and flesh shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below, will be forever mine.

How Firm a Foundation
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, tho all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never no, never, no, never forsake.

Rock of Ages
Rock of ages!  Cleft for sin.  Grace hath hid us save within!
Where the water and the blood, from the riven side which flowed.
Are of sin the double cure; cleansing from its guilt and power.

vs 2  (last line - instead of "all for sin")
Naught for sin could e'er alone,
But thy blood, and Thine alone!

Found by Thee before we sought, unto Thee in mercy brought;
We have Thee for righteousness, from Thy fulness grace on grace;
Thou hast washed us in Thy blood, made us live, and live to God.

While we draw this fleeting breath, if our eyes are closed in death,
When we soar to worlds unknown, sit with Thee upon thy throne;
Thou our joy shall be in heaven, who for us Thyself hast given.

Shall We Gather At the River?
Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever, Flowing by the throne of God?

On the margin of the river, Washing up its silver spray,
We shall walk and worship ever, All the happy golden day.

Ere we reach the shining river, lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown.

At the smiling of the river, Mirror of the Saviour's face,
Saints, whom death will never sever, Lift their songs of saving grace.

Soon we'll reach the shining river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease;
Soon our happy hearts will quiver With the melody of peace.

These additinal verses from the old songs remind us of how they emphasised
the WORDS in those days, not the music!
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3:16

The Sands of Time
The sands of time are sinking The dawn of heaven breaks,
The summer morn I've sighed for The fair sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark has been the midnight, But dayspring Is at hand,
And glory-glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

Oh! Well It Is for ever Oh! Well for evermore
My nest hung In no forest Of all this death-doomed shore:
Yea, let the vain world vanish, As from the ship the strand,
While glory-glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

There the Red Rose of Sharon Unfolds Its heartsome bloom
And fills the air of heaven With ravishing perfume:
Oh! To behold Its blossom, While by Its fragrance fann'd
Where glory-glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

The King there In His beauty, Without a veil Is seen:
It were a well spent journey, Though seven deaths lay between:
The Lamb, with His fair army, Doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory-glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

Oh! Christ He Is the fountain, The deep sweet well of love!
The streams on earth I've tasted, More deep I'll drink above:
There, to an ocean fulness, His mercy doth expand,
And glory-glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

Oft in yon sea-beat prison My Lord an I held tryst,
For Anwoth was not heaven, And preaching was not Christ;
And aye, my murkiest storm-cloud Was by a rainbow spann'd,
Caught from the glory dwelling In Immanuel's land.

But that he built a Heaven Of His surpassing love,
A little New Jerusalem, Like to the one above,
"Lord take me o'er the water," Had been my loud demand,
Take me to love's own country, Unto Immanuel's land.

But flow'rs need night's cool darkness, The moonlight and the dew;
So Christ, from one who loved It, His shining oft: wlthdrew:
And then, for cause of absence My troubled soul I scann'd,
But glory shadeless, shineth In Immanuel's land.

The little birds of Anwoth, I used to count them blest,
Now, beside happier altars I go to build my nest:
O'er these there broods no silence, No graves around them stand,
For glory, deathless, dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

Fair Anworth, by the Solway, To me thou still art dear,
E'en from the verge of heaven, I drop for thee a tear.
Oh! If one from Anwoth Meet me at God's right hand,
My Heaven will be two Heavens, In Immanuel's land.

I've wrestled on towards heaven 'Gainst storm, and wind and tide'
Now like a weary traveller That leaneth on his Guide,
Amid the shades of evening, While sinks life's lingering sand,
I hall the glory dawning From Immanuel's land.

Deep waters cross'd life's pathway, The hedge of thorns was sharp;
Now, these lie all behind me Oh! For a well tuned harp!
Oh! to join Hallelujah With yon triumphant band,
Who sing, where glory dwelleth, In Immanuel's land.

With mercy and with judgment My web of time He wove,
And aye, the dews of sorrow Were lustred with His love:
I'll bless the hand that guided, I'll bless the hand that plann'd
When throned where glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

Soon shall the cup of glory Wash down earth's bitt'rest woes,
Soon shall the desert briar Break into Eden's rose;
The curse shall change to blessing The Name on earth that's bann'd
Be graven on white stone In Immanuel's land.

Oh! I am my Beloved's, And my Beloved's mine!
He brings a poor vile sinner Into His "house of wine":
I stand upon His merit, I know no other stand,
Not e'en where glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

The bride eyes not her garment, But her dear bridegroom's face,
I will not gaze at glory, But on my King of Grace
Not at the crown He giveth, But on His pierced hand;
The Lamb Is all the glory Of Immanuel's land.

I have borne scorn and hatred, I have borne wrong and shame,
Earth's proud ones have reproach'd: or Christ's thrice-blessed name:
Where God His seal set fairest They've stampt their foulest brand,
But Judgment shines like noonday In Immanuel's land.

They've summoned me before them But there I may not come,
My Lord says "Come up hither",  My Lord says "Welcome home!"
My kingly King, at His white throne, My presence doth command,
Where glory-glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

Soldiers of Christ, Arise
Soldiers of Christ, arise and put your armour on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies thro' His eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of Hosts and in His mighty pow'r,
Who in the strength of Jesus trust is more than conqueror.

Stand then in His great might, with all his strength endued;
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
That, having all things done and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o'er-come thro' Christ alone and stand entire at last.

Pray without ceasing pray, your Captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord.
To God your' ev'ry want in instant prayer display,
Pray always, pray and never faint; pray, without ceasing pray!

In fellowship alone, to God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne with all the pow'rs of prayer.
Go to His temple, go, nor from his altar move;
Let' ev'ry house His worship know and ev'ry heart His love.

Pour out your souls to God, and bow them with your knees;
And spread your hearts and hands abroad and pray for Zion's peace.
Your guides and brethren bear forever on your mind;
Extend the arms of might prayer in grasping all mankind.

From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray;
Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well fought day.
Still let the Sprit cry in all His soldiers "Come!"
Till Christ the Lord descends from high and takes the conquerors home.

Jesus, my strength, my hope, on Thee I cast my care,
With humble confidence look up, and know Thou hear'st my prayer.
Give me on thee to wait till I can all things do;
On ever standing on its guard and watching unto prayer.

I want a godly fear; a quick discerning eye
That looks to Thee when sin is near and sees the tempter fly;
A spirit still prepared and armed with jealous care,
Forever standing on its guard and watching unto prayer.

I want a true regard, a single, steady aim,
Unmoved by threat'ning or reward, to Thee and Thy great name;
A jealous, just concern for Thine immortal praise;
A pure desire that all may learn and glorify thy grace.

I rest upon Thy word: the promise is for me;
My comfort and salvation, Lord, shall surely come from Thee.
But let me still abide, Nor from my hope remove.
Till thou my patient spirit guide into thy perfect love.

Arise My Soul
Arise, my soul, arise! Shake off thy guilty fears.
The bleeding Sacrifice in my behalf appears.
Before the throne my Surety stands; Before the throne my Surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above For me to intercede;
His all redeeming love His precious blood to plead.
His blood atoned for all our race, His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears, Received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me.
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry; "Forgive him, O forgive," they cry:
"Nor let that ransomed sinner die."

The Father hears Him pray, His dear Anointed One:
He cannot turn away, The presence of His Son.
His Spirit answers to the blood, His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pard'ning voice I hear.
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear.
With confidence I now draw nigh, with confidence I now draw nigh,
And, "Father, Abba, Father," cry.

Ye ransomed sinners, hear, The pris'ners of the Lord;
And wait till Christ appear According to His word.
Rejoice in hope, rejoice with; Rejoice in hope, rejoice with me;
We shall from all our sins be free.

In God we put our trust; If we our sins confess.
Faithful He is, and just, From all unrighteousness.
To cleanse us all, both you and me; To cleanse us all, both you and me;
We shall from all our sins be free.

Surely in us is hope Of glory shall appear;
Sinners, your heads lift up And see Redemption near.
Again I say, rejoice with me; Again I say, rejoice with me;
We shall from all our sins be free.

The Word of God is sure, And never can remove;
We shall in heart be pure And perfected in love.
Rejoice in hope, rejoice with me, Rejoice in hope, rejoice with me;
We shall from all our sins be free.

Then let us gladly bring Our sacrifice of praise;
Let us give thanks and sing And glory in His grace.
Rejoice in hope, rejoice with me; Rejoice in hope, rejoice with me.
We shall from all our sins be free.

Blow ye the trumpet blow!  The gladly solemn sound
Let all the nations know To earth's remotest bound.
The year of jubilee is come!  The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.

Jesus, our great high priest, hath full atonement made.
Ye weary spirits, rest; Ye mournful souls, be glad.
The year of jubilee is come!  The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.

Extol the Lamb of God, The all atoning Lamb;
Redemption in His blood, Throughout the world proclaim.
The year of jubilee is come!  The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.

The gospel trumpet hear, The news of heaven'ly grace;
And, saved from earth, appear Before your Saviour's face.
The year of jubilee is come!  The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.

O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing!
O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
To spread thro' all the earth abroad the honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that calms our fears, that binds our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears' Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin; He sets the pris'ner free.
His blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.

He speaks and listening to His voice, New life the dead receive.
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come; and leap, ye lame, for joy.

Look unto Him, ye nations; own your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone; be justified by grace.

See all your sins on Jesus laid.  The Lamb of God was slain;
His soul was once an offering made for every soul of man.

O for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood so freely shed for me.

A heart resigned, submissive, meek, my great Redeemer's throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak, where Jesus reigns alone.

O for a humble, contrite heart, believing, true, and clean.
Which neither life nor death can part form Him that dwells within.

A heart in every tho't renewed, and full of love divine,
Perfect and right and pure and good - a copy, Lord, of Thine.

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart; come quickly from above;
Write Thy new name upon my heart, thy new, best name of Love.

Come, let us use the grace divine, and all with one accord
In a perpetual cov'nant join ourselves to Christ, the Lord.

Give up ourselves, thro' Jesus pow'r, His name to glorify;
And promise in this sacred hour for God to live and die.

The cov'nant we must this moment make be ever kept in mind;
We will no more our god forsake, or cast His words behind.

We never will thro off his fear Who hears our solemn vow;
And if Thou art well pleased to hear, Come down and meet us now.

To each the cov'nant blood apply, which takes our sins away;
And registers our names on high and keep us to that day.

As you have more examples in your own books, please send them to me. I would like to add them to this page to help more of the brethren sing the hymns the way they use to be sung!   Amen!