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Updated 05/29/2013

 

Christ for the World We Sing


Samuel Wolcott

Samuel Wolcott wrote the words to “Christ for the Wolds We Sing” while a min­is­ter at the Ply­mouth Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church in Cleve­land, Ohio:

The Young Men’s Christ­ian As­so­ci­a­tion of Ohio met in one of our church­es with their motto in ever­green let­ters over the pul­pit: “Christ for the World, and the World for Christ.” This sug­gest­ed the hymn “Christ for the world we sing.” It was on my way home from this serv­ice in 1869, walk­ing alone through the streets, that I put to­ge­ther the four stan­zas of the hymn.

Wolcott at­tended Yale Coll­ege (AB 1833) and An­do­ver The­o­log­ic­al Sem­in­ary, and served as a mis­sion­ary in Syr­ia (1841-1842). He re­turned to Amer­i­ca and pas­tored in Bel­cher­town, Mass­a­chu­setts; Prov­i­dence, Rhode Isl­and; Chi­ca­go, Ill­i­nois; and at the Ply­mouth Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church, Cleve­land, Ohio. Lat­er, he was sec­re­tary to the Ohio Home Mis­sion­ary So­ci­e­ty. Over 200 hymns are at­trib­ut­ed to him.


Felice de Giardini

he tune is by Felice de Giardini.  De Giardini was a well known vi­o­lin­ist, com­pos­er and di­rect­or. He sang as a choir boy in Mi­lan, It­a­ly, and stu­died music in Tu­rin. In the 1730s, he be­gan play­ing the vi­o­lin in or­ches­tras, and toured Eur­ope in the 1750s. He then moved from Italy to Lon­don where he was in­volved with the op­era. He al­so worked as mu­sic mas­ter for the Duke of Glou­ces­ter. In 1796, de Gi­ar­di­ni moved to Mos­cow, but died in po­ver­ty short­ly af­ter.


Lyrics by Samuel Wolcott
 

Christ for the world we sing,
The world to Christ we bring, with loving zeal,
The poor and them that mourn, the faint and overborne,
Sin sick and sorrow worn, whom Christ doth heal.

Christ for the world we sing,
The world to Christ we bring, with fervent prayer;
The wayward and the lost, by restless passions tossed,
Redeemed at countless cost, from dark despair.

Christ for the world we sing,
The world to Christ we bring, with one accord;
With us the work to share, with us reproach to dare,
With us the cross to bear, for Christ our Lord.

Christ for the world we sing,
The world to Christ we bring, with joyful song;
The newborn souls, whose days, reclaimed from error’s ways,
Inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belon