We’ve all been there. You’re belting it all out for Christ, everything is flowing nicely, then suddenly, the lyrics STOP RHYMING. But it’s not just that there’s a bad rhyme that’s bothersome. It’s the fact that the author appeared to try to find words that were “close to rhyming” that just seems awful. Or even worse — the words are spelled the same, yet pronounced distinctly.
In the spirit of fun, I intend to allow this webpage to be a list of poorly rhyming hymns. Feel free to add a comment with your favorite (and be sure to credit the author where applicable).
Note – This is just a start! Let’s have fun with this and keep adding more.
Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed — Isaac Watts
Was it for crimes that I have done, He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree!
Thus might I hide my blushing face; while his dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, And melt mine eyes to tears.
But drops of tears can ne’er repay The debt of love I owe.
Here, Lord, I give myself away; ‘Tis all that I can do.
Amazing Grace — John Newton
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
And Can It Be — Charles Wesley
And can it be that I should gain An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain — For me, who Him to death pursued?
Be Thou My Vision — Eleanor Henrietta Hull
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Before The Throne of God Above — Chartie Lees Bancroft
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb My perfect, spotless Righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself, I cannot die My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high With Christ my Savior and my God
Blessed Assurance — Fanny Crosby
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Come Thou Fount — John Wyeth
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise
Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.
Oh, that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in the blood washed linen, How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace
Fairest Lord Jesus — August Heinrich
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! — Philip P. Bliss
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!