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Jesus, Savior, Son of God, bearer of the sinner's load

Jesus, Savior, Son of God, bearer of the sinner's load

Author: Horatius Bonar
Published in 33 hymnals

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1 Jesus, Saviour, Son of God,
Bearer of the sinner's load,
Breaker of the captive's chain,
Cleanser of the guilty's stain.

2 Thou the sinner's death hast died,
Thou for us wast crucified:
For our sins Thy flesh was torn,
Thou our penalty hast borne.

3 Saviour, Surety, Lamb of God,
Thou hast bought us with Thy Blood;
Thou hast wiped the debt away,
Nothing left for us to pay;

4 Nothing left for us to bear,
Nothing left for us to share
But the pardon and the bliss,
But the love, the light, the peace.

5 I to Thee will look and live,
And, in looking, praises give;
Looking lightens, looking heads,
Looking all the gladness seals.

6 Jesus, Saviour, Son of God,
Bearer of the sinner's load,
I would rise to Thee above,
I would look, and praise, and love.


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #78

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, Savior, Son of God, bearer of the sinner's load
Author: Horatius Bonar


Jesu, Saviour, Son of God, Bearer of the sinner's load. H. Bonar. [Behold the Man.] Appeared in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 2nd series, 1861, in 36 lines, and headed, "Ecce Homo!" In Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, it is abridged to 6 stanzas of 4 lines It is a most suitable hymn for Passiontide.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Jesus, Saviour, Son of God. [A Child's Prayer.] The earliest form of this hymn which we have seen is No. 740 in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally acce…

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