The Crucifixion

Flow fast, my tears, the cause is great

Author: Walter Shirley
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Flow fast, my tears; the cause is great;
This tribute claims an injur'd freind:
One whom I long pursu'd with hate,
And yet he lov'd me to the end.
When death his terrors round me spread,
And aim'd his arrows at my head,
Christ interpos'd; the wound he bore,
And bade the monster dare no more.

2 Fast flow, my tears, yet faster flow;
Stream copious as yon purple tide;
'Twas I that dealt the deadly blow,
I urg'd the hand that pierc'd his side.
Ken pangs and agonizing smart,
Oppress his soul, and rend his heart;
While justice, arm'd with pow'r divine,
Pours on his head what's due to mine.

3 Fast, and yet faster, flow my tears,
Love breaks the heart, and drains the eyes
His visage marr'd, tow'rds heav'n he rears,
And, pleading for his murd'rer dies!
My grief nor measure knows, nor end,
Till he appears the sinner's friend!
And gives me in an happy hour,
To feel the risen Saviour's pow'r.

Source: A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #XXVII

Author: Walter Shirley

Walter Shirley was born in 1725. He was the friend of Whitefield and Wesley. After preaching with great success in England, he received the living of Loughrea, Ireland, where he continued to exercise his ministry for many years. His last sickness was of a lingering character, and it is related of him that when no longer able to leave his house he used to preach, seated in his chair in his drawing room, to many who gladly assembled to hear. He died in 1786. He published one volume of sermons and two poems. --Annotations of the Hymnal by The Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, M.A. (1872).… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Flow fast, my tears, the cause is great
Title: The Crucifixion
Author: Walter Shirley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #XXVII

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.CLI

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Baptist Hymn Book #aB13

Songs for the New Life #d152

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d97

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d98

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The Baptist Harp #426

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The Baptist Hymn Book #B13

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The Baptist Praise Book #323

The Bible Hymn Book #d54

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d121

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #212a

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d245

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