Author of the Lyrics
The author of the encouraging
words of the "He who Began a Good Work in You" lyrics, Augustus Montague Toplady (November 4, 1740-August 11, 1778),
was born in Farnham, Surrey, England and
achieved fame as a Hymn writer and preacher at the French Calvinist church.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "He who Began a Good Work in You", Joseph Parry (May 21, 1841-February 17, 1903),
was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and
became famous as a musician and composer. Parry was Professor of Music at the University of Wales (1873-1877).
Information about the
Title of Hymn: He who Began a Good Work in You
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Augustus Montague Toplady (November 4, 1740
to August 11, 1778)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Joseph Parry (May 21, 1841 to
February 17, 1903)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing; Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on, my person and off'ring to bring"
First Publication Date:
He who Began a Good Work in You Lyrics
A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on, my person and off'ring to bring.
The terrors of law and of God with me can have nothing to do;
My Savior's obedience and blood hide all my transgressions from view.
The work which His goodness began, the arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is Yea and Amen, and never was forfeited yet.
Things future, nor things that are now, nor all things below or above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo, or sever my soul from His love.
My name from the palms of His hands eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace.
Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the earnest is giv'n;
More happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in Heav'n.