What did He Do / O Listen to our Wondrous Story

This hymn about salvation was written by American Episcopal minister, bible-scholar and at one stage president of the Moody Bible Institute, James Martin Gray (1851-1935) (ref).

With meter 97.97 with refrain, it is set to an unnamed tune published in 1852 by Welch composer, William Owens.


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Examples

Duet, unaccompanied



Singer with backing track - new tune:



Male quartet, 1960s recording remastered:



Choir practise with electronic organ:



Choir unaccompanied - professional recording


Lyrics

Traditional words

1. O listen to our wondrous story,
Counted once among the lost;
Yet One came down from Heaven’s glory,
Saving us at awful cost!

Refrain
Who saved us from eternal loss?
Who but God’s Son upon the cross?
What did He do?   He died for you!
Believe it Thou     Where is He now?
In Heaven interceding!

2. No angel could His place have taken,
Highest of the high though he;
The loved One on the cross forsaken,
Was One of the Godhead three! 

3. And yet this wondrous tale proceedeth,
Stirring heart and tongue aflame!
As our high priest in Heav’n He pleadeth,
And Christ Jesus is His name! 

4. Will you surrender to this Savior?
To His scepter humbly bow?
You, too, shall come to know His favor,
He will save you, save you now.

Modern English

O listen to a wondrous story,
Counted once among the lost,
Yes, one come down from heaven's glory,
Saving us awful cost.

Chorus:
Who saved us from eternal loss?
Who but God's Son upon the cross,
What did he do? He died for us,
Where is he now?
Believe it thou
In heaven interceding.

No angel could His place have taken
Highest of the high though he,
The loved One on the cross forsaken
Was one of the Godhead Three.

And yet this wondrous tale proceeding
Stirring heart and tongue aflame!
As our high priest in Heav’n He's pleading,
And Christ Jesus is His name! 

Will you surrender to this Saviour?
To His sceptre humbly bow,
You too shall come to know his favour,
He will save you, save you now.


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