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Sovereign Love

Major John Andre

Hail Sovereign Love that first beganThe scheme to rescue fallen manHail matchless, free eternal graceThat gave my soul a hiding place.

Against the God that built the skyI fought with hands uplifted highDespised the mention of His graceToo proud to seek a hiding place.

Enwrapped in thick Egyptian nightAnd fond of darkness more than lightMadly I ran a sinful raceSecure without a hiding place.

But thus the eternal council ranAlmighty Love, arrest that manI felt the arrows of distressAnd found I had no hiding place.

Eternal justice stood aviewSo to Sinai's fiery mount I flewBut justice said with frowning face"The law is not hiding place."

Thus I wandered &ls;lone and fearedTill mercy's angel soon appearedAnd led me at a placid paceTo Jesus for a hiding place.

On Him Almighty vengeance fellThat would have sent a world to hellHe bore it for a sinful raceAnd thus became our hiding place.

Should sevenfold storms of thunder rollAnd shake this globe from pole to poleNo thunderstorm can daunt my faceFor Jesus is my hiding place.

A few more days at mostWill land me on fair Canaan's coastWhere I shall sing the songs of graceAnd see my glorious hiding place.