396a. 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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

Text Information
First Line: And can it be, that I should gain
Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: 88 88 88
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
Composer (melody): Henry Carey (1687-1743)
Harmonizer: David Evans (1874-1948)
Meter: 88
Key: F Major
Copyright: © Oxford University Press

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