136. Twas on that Dark, that Doleful Night

1 'Twas on that dark, that doleful night
When pow'rs of earth and hell arose
Against the Son, our God's delight,
And friends betrayed him to his foes.

2 Before the mournful scene began,
He took the bread and blessed and broke.
What love through all his actions ran!
What wondrous words of grace he spoke!

3 "This is my body, slain for sin;
Receive and eat the living food."
Then took the cup and blessed the wine:
"'Tis the new cov'nant in my blood."

4 "Do this," he said, "till time shall end,
In mem'ry of your dying friend;
Meet at my table and record
The love of your departed Lord."

5 Jesus, your feast we celebrate;
We show your death; we sing your name
Till you return and we shall eat
The marriage supper of the Lamb.

Text Information
First Line: Twas on that dark, that doleful night
Title: Twas on that Dark, that Doleful Night
Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 (abr., alt.)
Meter: LM
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Maundy Thursday
Tune Information
Name: ST. CROSS
Composer: John B. Dykes, 1823-76
Meter: LM
Key: d minor



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