212. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

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1 Alas! And did my Savior bleed,
and did my Sovereign die!
Would he devote that sacred head
for sinners such as I!

2 Was it for sins that I have done
he suffered on the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

3 Well might the sun in darkness hide
and shut its glories in,
when Christ, the great Redeemer, died
for human creatures' sin.

4 But drops of grief can ne'er repay
the debt of love I owe;
here, Lord, I give myself away;
'tis all that I can do.

Text Information
First Line: Alas! And did my Savior bleed
Title: Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: Isaiah 53; Matthew 27:45; John 19:17-18; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:11-23; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:12-16; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 4:19
Topic: Atonement; Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday (4 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Hugh Wilson (1800 c.)
Adapter and Harmonizer: Robert Smith (1825)
Meter: CM
Key: A♭ Major

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Much like this author’s “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (nos. 223, 224), this more introspective treatment of Christ’s crucifixion calls forth self-sacrifice from the beholder. It is set here to a tune that may well have originated as an 18th-century Scottish folk song.

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