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1 Did'st thou O Saviour! condecend
To take a human birth?
Thou art our great and dearest friend
That ever was on earth.
2 To make attonements for our guilt,
As justice did demand;
When circumcis'd thy blood was spilt
And shed by human hand.
3 At the first shedding of thy blood
Salvation was began;
When thou, who art the Mighty God
Was't circumcis'd as man.
4 Sweet is the sound of thy bless'd name!
Where e'er it is applied:
Thou art thy-self become the same
What thy name signified.
5 Thy blood became the saving means
For all the human race:
To cleanse them from their countless sins,
And make them heirs of grace.
6 What great, what condecending love!
Did the dear Saviour show,
When he left all the heav'ns above
To save us here below.
Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #XXV