396b. And can it be, that I should gain

1 And can it be, that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain --
for me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2 'Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
let angel minds inquire no more.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
let angel minds inquire no more.

3 He left his Father's throne above, --
so free, so infinite his grace --
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam's helpless race:
'tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me!
'tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me!

4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature's night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Text Information
First Line: And can it be, that I should gain
Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: 88 88 88 extended
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:7; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Timothy 4:8; Acts 22:8; Acts 26:13; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 7:14-25; Romans 8:1
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Passion and Death
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: SAGINA
Composer: Thomas Campbell
Meter: 88 88 88 extended
Key: G Major or modal
Source: The Bouquet, 1825; harmonised in Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1889



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