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The Bonds of Christ

Jesus, the Son of God, was bound

Author: H. Petursson; Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Published in 1 hymnal

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Jesus, the Son of God, was bound
That I might go forth free;
He, chafed with cruel fetters, found
Unbounded grace for me:
Around His wrists the cords of pain
Harsh, agonizing, lay:
From me in that dread hour sin's chain
Unfastened fell away.

Lord, let the bonds that bound Thee hold
Me bound in bondage pure,
Kept mid temptations manifold,
Shut from the world's allure;
That so my will, untrammelled, free,
Whiles here I dwell below,
May aye Thy ready servant be.
This boon, dear Lord, bestow!

Author: H. Petursson

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Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher

Pilcher, Charles Venn. (Oxford, June 4, 1879--July 4, 1961, Sydney, Australia). Anglican. Grandnephew of Charlotte Elliott. Hertford College, Oxford, B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905; B.D., 1909; D.D., 1921. Curacies at Birmingham, 1903-1905; St. James, Toronto, 1910-1916; taught theology at Auckland Castle, England, 1905-1906, and at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1916-1936. Elected coadjutor bishop of Sydney, Australia, at the instance of a former Wycliffe colleague, Archbishop Mowll. He composed hymn tunes and other music, and long played bass clarinet in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also, he translated and published much devotional material from Iceland, notably Iceland Christian Classics (1950). These side interests, like his hymn writing, merely… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus, the Son of God, was bound
Title: The Bonds of Christ
Author: H. Petursson
Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Language: English
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