Bound upon the accursed tree

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1 Bound upon the accursèd tree,
Faint and bleeding, who is He?
By the eyes so pale and dim,
Streaming blood, and writhing limb,
By the flesh with scourges torn,
By the crown of twisted thorn,
By the side so deeply pierced,
By the baffled, burning thirst,
By the drooping death-dew'd brow,
Son of Man, 't is Thou! 't is Thou!

2 Bound upon the accursèd tree,
Dread and awful, who is He?
By the sun at noonday pale,
Shivering rocks, and rending veil,
By the earth enwrapt in gloom,
By the saints who burst their tomb,
Eden promised ere Hi died
To the felon at His side;
Lord! our suppliant knees we bow!
Son of God! 't is Thou! 't is Thou!

3 bound upon the accursèd tree,
Sad and dying, who is He?
By the last and bitter cry
Of the dying agony,
By the lifeless body, laid
In the chambers of the dead,
By the mourners come to weep
Where the bones of Jesus sleep,
Crucified, we know Thee now:
Son of Man! 't is Thou! 't is Thou!

4 Bound upon the accursèd tree,
Dread and awful, who is He?
By the prayer for them that slew,
"Lord! they know not what they do!"
By the spoil'd and empty grave,
By the souls He died to save,
By the conquest He hath won,
By the saints before His throne,
By the rainbow round His brow,
Son of God! 't is Thou! 't is Thou!

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Henry Hart Milman

Milman, Henry Hart, D.D., the youngest son of Sir Francis Milman (who received his Baronetage as an eminent Court physician), was born Feb. 10th, 1791, and educated at Dr. Burney's at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton. His career at B. N. C. Oxford, was brilliant. He took a first class in classics, and carried off the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay. His Newdigate on the Apollo Belvedere, 1812, is styled by Dean Stanley "the most perfect of Oxford prize poems." His literary career for several years promised to be poetical. His tragedy Fazio was played at Covent Garden, Miss O'Neill acting Bianca. Samor was written in the year of his appointment to St. Mary's, Reading (1817); The Fall of Jerusalem (1820); Belshazzar… Go to person page >

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First Line: Bound upon the accursed tree
Author: Henry Hart Milman
Meter: 7s. ten lines.
Language: English


Bound upon the accursed tree. H. H. Milman. [Good Friday.] This popular hymn appeared in Bishop Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 62, as the first of three hymns for Good Friday, in 4 stanzas of 10 lines, but omitted, curiously enough, from Dr. Milman's own Psalms & Hymns, 1837. One of the first, if not the first, to bring it into regular congregational use was Elliott, who gave it in his Psalms & Hymns, 1835. From that date it gradually grew in popular favour until its use has become extensive, both in Great Britain and in America. In the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, it is in 3 stanzas of 8 lines This was a special revision for that collection. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 404; and Schaff's Christ in Song, 1870, p. 163. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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