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450. And Can It Be That I Should Gain

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1 And can it be that I should gain
an int'rest in the Savior'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 Lord, shouldst die for me?

2 'Tis mystery all, th'Immortal dies:
who can explore this strange design?
In vain the first-born 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 quick'ning ray;
I woke, the dungeon filled 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 th'eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Text Information
First Line: And can it be that I should gain
Title: And Can It Be That I Should Gain
Author: Charles (or John) Wesley (1739)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.88
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Biblical Characters: Adam; Faith and Aspiration; Jesus Christ: Grace
Tune Information
Name: JENA (DAS NEUGEBORNE KINDELEIN)
Composer (melody): M. Vulpius (1609)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.88
Key: d minor



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