And why, dear Savior, tell me why

And why, dear Savior, tell me why

Author: J. Hart
Published in 7 hymnals

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1 And why, dear Saviour, tell me why,
Thou thus would'st suffer, bleed and die?
What mighty Motives could thee move?
The Motive's plain, 'twas all for Love.

2 For Love of whom? Of Sinners base,
A harden'd Herd, a Rebel Race;
That mock'd and trampled on thy Blood,
And wantom'd with the wounds of God

3 When Rocks and Mountains rent with Dread,
And gaping Graves gave up their Dead;
When the fair Sun withdrew his Light,
And hid his Head to shun the Sight.

4 Then stood the Wretch of human Race,
And rais'd his Head and shew'd his Face,
Gaz'd unconcern'd, when Nature fail'd;
And scoff'd, and sneer'd, and curs'd and rail'd.

5 Harder than Rocks and Mountains are,
More dull than dirt and Earth by far,
Man view'd unmov'd thy Blood's rich Stream,
Nor ever dream'd it flow'd for him.

6 Such was that Race of sinful Men,
That gain'd that great Salvation then;
Such and such only still we see;
Such they were all, and such are we.

7 The Jews with Thorns his Temples crown'd,
And lash'd him when his Hands were bound;
But Thorns, and knotted Whips, and Bands,
By us were furnish'd to their Hands.

8 They nail'd him to th' accursed Tree;
They did, my Brethren, so did we;
The Soldier pierc'd his Sid, 'tis true,
But we have pierc'd him through and through.

9 Oh Love of unexampled Kind!
That leaves all Thought so far behind,
Where Length, and Breadth, & Depth, and Height;
Are lost to my astonish'd Sight.

10 For Love of me the Son of God
Drain'd ev'ry Drop of vital Blood;
Long Time I after Idols ran,
But now my God's a martyr'd Man.



Source: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #X

Author: J. Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: And why, dear Savior, tell me why
Author: J. Hart
Source: Part 2 of "Come all ye chosen saints of God" from J. Hart's Hymns, etc: composed on various subjects
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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