There Is a Green Hill Far Away

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It seems likely that the reason the third verse is missing in the current LDS hymnal is that the tune meditation, commonly used with this song (which is in common meter), was not published in early church hymnals, but rather another tune written in common meter double was used in Deseret Sunday School Songs, 1909; there were five verses in the original hymn, and so to make it fit common meter double one of the verses had to be dropped.

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Lyrics from Service Book and Hymnal: for Evening Prayer and Sunday-Schools, 1891 (no. 76)

1. There is a green hill far away
Without a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.

2. We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.

3. He died that we might be forgiv'n,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to heav'n
Saved by His precious blood.

4. There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin.
He only could unlock the gate
Of heav'n, and let us in.

5. O, dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.

AMEN.

Lyrics from Deseret Sunday School Songs, 1909 (no. 252)

1. There is a green hill far away,
Without a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.
We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.

2. There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heav'n, and let us in.
Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.

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