1. Great God of wonders! All Thy ways Are matchless, Godlike and divine; But the fair glories of Thy grace More Godlike and unrivaled shine, More Godlike and unrivaled shine. 2. Crimes of such horror to forgive, Such guilty, daring worms to spare; This is Thy grand prerogative, And none shall in the honor share, And none shall in the honor share 3. Angels and men, resign your claim To pity, mercy, love and grace: These glories crown Jehovah's Name With an incomparable glaze With an incomparable glaze. 4. In wonder lost, with trembling joy, We take the pardon of our God: Pardon for crimes of deepest dye, A pardon bought with Jesus' blood, A pardon bought with Jesus' blood. 5. O may this strange, this matchless grace, This Godlike miracle of love, Fill the whole earth with grateful praise, And all th'angelic choirs above, And all th'angelic choirs above. Chorus: Who is a pardoning God like Thee? Or who has grace so rich and free? Or who has grace so rich and free?
Lyrics: Samuel Davies
Music: John Newton
Samuel Davies, 1723–1761
The author of this hymn text, Samuel Davies, was an American Presbyterian minister who was appointed president of Princeton University in 1759, succeeding the well-known evangelist, Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Davies was highly influential in the fields of religion and education. He wrote a number of hymns that had a wide acceptance in the 18th century, especially in England.