Hymns - Called From Above
September 28, 2023 - corrected and enlarged.
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
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“Called from Above” was written by James George Deck (1802-1884), a Plymouth Brethren elder. His ancestors included the terribly persecuted Protestant Huguenots. He was well educated, literate in French, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. After serving as a British officer in India for several years, he was born again in about 1927 on a visit to England and was scripturally baptized by the Brethren. He founded Brethren churches in New Zealand. He had 19 children by his two wives, Alicia, who died in 1853, and Lewanna, who died in 1865. Twelve children survived to adulthood.

Deck’s hymns were first published in
Hymns for the Poor of the Flock in 1838 and appeared in many other hymn books in the 19th century. “His compositions are marked by directness of aim, simplicity of language, and great earnestness. The rhythm is good, and an expressive tenderness pervades many of them” (hymnary.org).

Deck’s hymns extol Christ, His incarnation, sinless character, cross-work, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s glorious atonement is preeminent.

Many of Deck’s hymns deal with Christ’s Second Coming. These include “A Little While, Our Lord Shall Come,” “How Long, O Lord Our Savior,” and “Savior, Haste, Our Souls Are Waiting.”

A list of 50 of Deck’s hymns with links to scores is available at

“Called from Above” by James G. Deck

1 CALLED from above, and heavenly men by birth, (Who once were but the citizens of earth) As pilgrims here, we seek a heavenly home, Our portion in the ages yet to come. 2 Where all the saints of every clime shall meet, And each with all shall all the ransomed greet, But oh, the height of bliss, our Lord, shall be To owe it all, and share it all, with Thee. 3 Thou wast the image in man's lowly guise Of the invisible to mortal eyes; Son of His bosom, come from heaven above, We see in Thee incarnate, "God is love". 4 Thy lips the Father's name to us reveal; What burning power in all Thy words we feel, As with enraptured hearts we hear Thee tell The heavenly glories which Thou know'st so well! 5 No curse of law, in Thee was sovereign grace, And now what glory in Thine unveiled face! Thou didst attract the wretched and the weak, Thy joy the wanderers and the lost to seek. 6 That precious stream of water and of blood Which from Thy pierced side so freely flowed, Has put away our sins of scarlet dye, Washed us from every stain, and brought us nigh. 7 We are but strangers here, we do not crave A home on earth, which gave Thee but a grave: Thy cross has severed ties which bound us here, Thyself our treasure in a brighter sphere.

The musical score can be found at this link -

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