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And why, dear Savior, tell me why

And why, dear Savior, tell me why

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 7 hymnals

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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

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: And why, dear Savior, tell me why
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



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