As near to Calvary I pass

As near to Calvary I pass

Author: Henry Alline
Tune: JOSEPHINE (Kroeger)
Published in 47 hymnals

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1 As near to Calvary I pass'd,
Methought I saw an extended cross,
Where a poor victim hangs;
His flesh with rugged iron tore,
His limbs all stain'd with purple gore,
Gasping in dying pangs.

2 Wond'ring the spectacle to see,
Who can this bleeding victim be,
In such exquisite pain?
Why thus consign'd to woes, I cry'd?
’Tis I, the bleeding Lamb reply'd,
To save a world from sin.

3 How can it be? my soul replies,
Jesus for mortal rebels dies,
What!Jesus die for me?
Yes, saith th'expiring Son of God,
I give my life, I spill my blood,
For thee, poor soul for thee.

4 Lord, if thy life thou’st freely given
To bring my wretched soul to heaven,
And bless me with thy charms;
Then at thy feet, O God, I fall,
I give my life, my soul, my all;
O take me in thy arms.

5 All other lover's I'll adieu,
My dying lover I'll pursue,
And bless the slaughter'd Lamb:
My life, my breath, my strength, my days,
I will devote to spread thy praise,
And celebrate thy name.

6 And when my days on earth shall cease,
I'll leave these mortal climes in peace,
And stretch to realms above,
I'll join in praise immortal strains,
There where my heavenly lover reigns,
And feast upon his love.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from various authors #LX

Author: Henry Alline

Alline, Henry. (Newport, Rhode Island, January 14, 1748--January 28, 1784, Northampton, New Hampshire). Congregationalist/"New Light". In 1760 his family took up land near Hampden, Nova Scotia, far from any school or church; hence the spiritual experience which, in 1775, impelled him to begin preaching found him with the drive and magnetism, but without the solid grounding, of a Wesley or a Whitefield. His stress on the "new light," and the revival meetings which he conducted all over Nova Scotia had no connection with the American Revolution beyond coincidence in time; yet that was enough to alarm the authorities. He had sermons, tracts, and probably sheets of hymns printed at Halifax before the peace treaty of 1783 allowed him to cross th… Go to person page >

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First Line: As near to Calvary I pass
Author: Henry Alline
Copyright: Public Domain



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