More on Those Missing Third Verses

August 25, 2014 in Values Storying by

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Missing Third Verses

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More on Those Curious Missing Third Verses

Last week, I offered my readers a quiz on seldom-sung third verses. Who could identify the lyrics to those missing third verses? Wow, what a response! The post was one of this site’s most popular, and the quiz results continue to pour in. And what a good time I have had engaging in conversations with my readers about our various backgrounds as they relate to the most popular songs in modern Christian history.

Several readers commented that they found themselves singing the words to the tunes of the various choices. Now, there’s a thought for us. All over America, as it turned out, people were singing ONLY the third verses of these beloved hymns. Thanks to all who led the resurgence on behalf of these third-verse stepchildren.

If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, you’ll want to do that before you read the results. Check out the post that introduced the topic and that contains the quiz. Then, come on back and see how your results stack up to those of various backgrounds who took the missing third verses quiz.

You were able to see how you did when you finished the quiz. How did your results compare? Check it out:

Results of the Missing Third Verses Quiz

As it turns out, not all of the verses were missing, after all. Some were pretty easily recognized. As a matter of fact, as a group, you identified all but one…and it was pretty tricky.

1. Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home. (“Amazing Grace” – 94% correct. Not surprisingly, this one was one of the most recognized, especially with Chris Tomlin’s “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” including this verse.)

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze; (“How Great Thou Art” – 65% correct.)

3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (“It Is Well with My Soul” – 79% correct. I wrote just this week in my upcoming book, Stories from the Roller Coaster, how God used this song at a pivotal moment in my life.)

4. Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. (“Blessed Assurance” – 98% correct. The most-recognized third verse…at least in the format of this particular quiz.)

5. Great things He has taught us, great things He has done, And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. (“To God Be the Glory” – 62% correct. I wonder if this one was better remembered by those who grew up in a big church since it’s such a “big” song. What say you?)

6. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer. Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In his arms he’ll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there. (“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” – 85% correct.)

7. Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. (“Take My Life and Let It Be” – 93% correct. If you guessed this one based on the lyrics similar to the title, I’d wager that you missed #9 for the same reason!)

8. And now complete in Him, My robe His righteousness, Close sheltered ’neath His side, I am divinely blest. (“Jesus Paid It All” – 52% correct. This one probably caused the most surprise among respondents. It would likely take the prize for the most often skipped-over third verse.)

9. Crown Him, ye morning stars of light, Who fixed this floating ball; Now hail the strength of Israel’s might, and crown Him Lord of all. Now hail the strength of Israel’s might, and crown Him Lord of all. (“All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” – 39% correct. The most often missed song, the inclusion of “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (54%) as a distractor tested the mettle of even the most seasoned missing third verse sleuth. I watched my former colleague John Sayger take the quiz at Big Muddy Coffee Company last Tuesday; he twitched on this one, backed off, sang it in his head, and answered correctly. If you answered “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,” reach back and give yourself a pat on the back.)

10. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him. (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” – 65%. If you got it right, perhaps you also know what “a bulwark never failing” from verse one means.)

medium_87159009Now That You Sleuthed the Those Missing Third Verses…

…what assignment could I give you next? This one was so much fun that it gave me an idea for another project. I would tell you about it, but that would spoil all the fun. I’ll do some research and hit you up with another quiz in the near future.

What ideas do you have for fun, engaging projects that the values storying community could tackle?

Thanks for reading and joining the conversation.

For the next generation,


Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) and is currently compiling his faith stories into his second major work, Stories from the Roller Coaster, due out around the first of November.