1623. From Calvary a Cry Was Heard

1. From Calvary a cry was heard,
A bitter and heart-rending cry;
My Savior! every mournful word
Bespeaks Thy soul’s deep agony.

2. A horror of great darkness fell
On Thee, Thou spotless, holy One!
And all the swarming hosts of hell
Conspired to tempt God’s only Son.

3. The scourge, the thorns, the deep disgrace,
These Thou couldst bear, nor once repine;
But when Jehovah veiled His face,
Unutterable pangs were Thine.

4. Let the dumb world its silence break;
Let pealing anthems rend the sky;
Awake, my sluggish soul, awake!
He died, that we might never die.

5. Lord, on Thy cross I fix mine eye:
If e’er I lose its strong control,
O let that dying, piercing cry
Melt and reclaim my wandering soul.

Text Information
First Line: From Calvary a cry was heard
Title: From Calvary a Cry Was Heard
Author: John W. Cunningham (1824)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Morning Thoughts on the Gospel of St. Matthew, 1824
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: William Gardiner (1815)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 51712 56711 76277
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Sacred Melodies, 1815
Copyright: Public Domain

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