Behold the Lamb of God

Behold the Lamb of God! O Thou for sinners slain

Author: Matthew Bridges (1848)
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1 Behold the Lamb of God!
0 Thou for sinners slain,
Let it not be in vain
That Thou hast died!
Thee for my Savior let me take,
My only refuge let me make
Thy pierced side.

2 Behold the Lamb of God!
Into the sacred flood
Of Thy most precious blood
My soul I cast.
Wash me and make me pure and clean,
Uphold me through life's changeful scene,
Till all be past.

3 Behold the Lamb of God!
All hail, incarnate Word!
Thou everlasting Lord,
Purge out our leav'n.
Clothe us with godliness and good;
Feed us with Thy celestial food,
Manna from heav'n.

4 Behold the Lamb of God!
Worthy is He alone
To sit upon the throne
Of God above,
One with the Ancient of all days,
One with the Paraclete in praise,
All Light, all Love!

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #235

Author: Matthew Bridges

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First Line: Behold the Lamb of God! O Thou for sinners slain
Title: Behold the Lamb of God
Author: Matthew Bridges (1848)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Behold the Lamb [of God.] M. Bridges. [Passiontide.] First published in his Hymns of the Heart, &c, 1848, in 7 stanzas of 7 lines, and entitled "Ecce Agnus Dei." It is found in many modern collections both in Great Britain and in America, but never in a full and correct form. Scarcely two texts can be found alike, whether they begin with the original first line, or as—" Behold the Lamb of God/' as in Hymns Ancient & Modern, Thring, and others….
A comparison of this text with that in any collection will show how far alterations may have been introduced. In addition to being altered, it is usually abbreviated as well. In some American collections, including Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 500, a hymn is given as—"Archangels! fold your wings," and attributed to "Samuel Egerton Brydges, 1820, a," which is really a portion of this hymn rewritten, beginning with line 2 of stanza iii.

--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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