A wonderful Savior is Jesus, my lord, A wonderful Savior to me;
hhe hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand.
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.
With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.
When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.
Letra por Frances Jane Crosby(1820-1915)
Crosby's songs, the Dictionary of American Religious
Biography indicated: "by
modern standards her work may be considered mawkish or too sentimental. But
their simple, homey appeal struck a responsive chord in Victorian culture. Their informal ballad style broke away from the staid,
formal approach of earlier periods, touching deep emotions in singers and
listeners alike. Instead of dismissing her words as maudlin, audiences thrilled
to them as the essence of genuine, heartfelt Christianity". Crosby's
hymns were popular because they placed "a heightened emphasis on religious
experiences, emotions, and testimonies" and reflected "a sentimental,
romanticized relationship between the believer and Christ", rather than
using the negative descriptions of earlier hymns that emphasised the sinfulness
Ann Douglas argues that
Crosby was one of the
female authors who "emasculated American religion" and helped shift
it from "a rigorous Calvinism" to "an anti-intellectual and
sentimental mass culture". Feminist scholars have suggested that "emphases in her hymns both
revealed and accelerated the feminizing of American evangelicalism".