1 And why, dear Savior, 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 hardened herd, a rebel race;
That mocked 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 raised his head and showed his face,
Gazed unconcerned, when nature failed;
And scoffed, and sneered, and cursed and railed.
5 Harder than rocks and mountains are,
More dull than dirt and earth by far,
Man viewed unmoved thy blood's rich stream,
Nor ever dreamed it flowed for him.
6 Such was that race of sinful men,
That gained that great salvation then;
Such and such only still we see;
Such they wee all, and such are we.
7 The Jews with thorns his temples crowned,
And lashed him when his hands were bound;
But thorns, and knotted whips, and bands,
By us were furnished to their hands.
8 They nailed him to the accursed tree;
They did, my brethren, so did we;
The soldier pierced his Side, 'tis true,
But we have pierced him through and through.
9 Oh love of unexampled kind!
That leaves all thought so far behind,
Where length, and breadth, and depth, and height;
Are lost to my astonished sight.
10 For love of me the Son of God
Drained every drop of vital blood;
Long time I after idols ran,
But now my God's a martyred man.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #127||And why, dear Savior, tell me why||And why, dear Savior, tell me why||1876|
|Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #10||And why, dear Saviour, tell me why||And why, dear Saviour, tell me why||1825|
|Old School Sonnets, or a Selection of Choice Hymns #d24||And why, dear Savior, tell me why||And why, dear Savior, tell me why||James Mongtomery||1836|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #416||And why, dear Savior, tell me why||And why, dear Savior, tell me why||Montgomery||1859|
|The Christian's Duty: exhibited in a series of hymns collected from various authors designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (2nd ed.) #X||And why, dear Sav'our, tell me why||And why, dear Sav'our, tell me why||1801||The Passion of Christ ||
|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||And why, dear Saviour, tell me why||And why, dear Saviour, tell me why||1791||Passion of Christ ||
|The Latest Collection of Original and Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #199||And why, dear Saviour, tell me why||And why, dear Saviour, tell me why||1813|