Filed Under (Song of the Week) by Rob on 19-03-2012

Recylced hymns have become quite popular in the last couple of decades. Be it ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘When I survey’ or ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd.’ But here comes a recycled hymn with a difference!

Firstly, the words to verse one (and the inspiration for the other verses) come from this song by Ada Anne Whiddington, which was written in the 19th Century! The tune is then mine, but I composed it to fit in with the chorus of ‘All to Jesus I surrender’ by Judson W. Van De Venter – also a pretty old song from the 1900s!

So, three song-writers from three different centuries have combined to form this song, which I hope you’ll like. Making the multi-track recording was a bit of a nighmare, so I hope you’ll excuse the minor timing/pitch issues!

You could use this in your church next Sunday and folk would love it! Here you go:

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Best order: Ladies begin with verse 1, men enter with verse 1 as ladies begin chorus.
At end, men finish at the end of verse 3 (ie no final chorus). NB The recording differs from this!

Not I but Christ

Not I but Christ be honoured, loved, exalted,
Not I, but Christ be seen, be known, be heard
Not I but Christ in every look and action
Not I but Christ in every thought and word

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to you my God and saviour
I surrender all

Not I but Christ, my strength in times of sorrow
Not I but Christ to wipe away my tears
Not I but Christ to lift my weary burden
Not I but Christ to take away my fears.

And Christ alone will be my hope and vision
His mighty hand will guide me all the way
My all to Him I gladly now surrender
Oh, Jesus, come and rule my life today.

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