296. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died

1 We sing the praise of him who died,
of him who died upon the cross;
the sinner's hope though all deride;
for this we count the world but loss

2 Inscribed upon the cross we see,
in shining letters, "God is love";
he bears our sins upon the tree;
he brings us mercy from above.

3 The cross! it takes our guilt away;
it holds the fainting spirit up;
it cheers with hope the gloomy day,
and sweetens ev'ry bitter cup;

4 it makes the coward spirit brave,
and nerves the feeble arm for right;
it takes its terror from the grave,
and gilds the bed of death with light;

5 the balm of life, the cure of woe,
the measure and the pledge of love,
the sinner's refuge here below,
the angels' theme in heav'n above.

Text Information
First Line: We sing the praise of him who died
Title: We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
Adapter: Thomas Kelly (1815)
Author: Samuel Medley
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: LM
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Jesus Christ: Passion and Cross
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1836)
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: As Hymnodus Sacer (Leipzig, 1625) (based on a melody in)

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