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164. '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 of God’s delight
And friends betrayed Him to His foes.

2 Before the mournful scene began,
He took the bread and blessed and brake.
What love thro' all His actions ran!
What wondrous words of grace He spake!

3 "This is My body, broke 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, Thy feast we celebrate;
We show Thy death, we sing Thy name,
Till Thou 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 (1709, alt.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Maundy Thursday
Tune Information
Composer: John B. Dykes (1861)
Meter: L.M.
Key: d minor

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