1 Look, O Christian! see thy Savior
Stooping ’neath His weighty cross;
Look! and let thy pride and glory
Be to thee as dung and dross.
Mark His torn and bleeding temples,
And His weary, way-worn feet;
Let thy heart now bow before Him,
And thine eyes all tearful weep.
2 See His back all scarred and bleeding,
Patiently thy griefs He bears;
See the purple robe around Him,
And the crown of thorns He wears:
All alone in His sad travail,
Help and friends all far away;
But a little of His sorrow
Filled their hearts with sore dismay.
3 See the rabble, how they mock Him!
Still no fear His faith appalls;
Onwards ’neath His cross He staggers,
Till beneath its weight He falls;
Faint, forsaken, bruised and smitten,
Sad and lonely on He goes,
Goes to where His heart’s blood flowing
Shall for ever cleanse His foes.
4 ’Mid the taunts of men and devils,
See Him slowly onwards move;
Drops of blood all silent flowing,
Speak His everlasting love.
Many waters round Him raging,
Deep loud bellows unto deep;
Still His love, unquenched and burning,
To the end His heart shall keep.
5 O disciples, cease your dreaming,
While thus gazing on your Lord;
Can this world now claim your friendship,
Sheathed in Jesu’s heart its sword?
Can your path be ever pleasant,
Ever free your heart from pain,
If in Jesu’s footsteps treading
You would reach eternal gain?
6 If a cross your Savior carried,
Needful it for Him to bear,
Can you wonder love hath purposed
In His sorrows you should share?
Still, within the cross Christ gives you,
Kindly stooping from above,
You will find the hidden honey
Of His never-failing love.
7 ’Neath its shadow and its sorrows
Joy shall plume her fragrant wing;
And thy heart, though pierced and bleeding,
Songs of lofty hope shall sing.
Be thou strong, then—look to Jesus!
In thy lot a cross thoul’t find;
Take it up and cheerful bear it,
Cast no lingering look behind.
Balfern, William Poole, born in 1818, at Hammersmith; entered the Baptist Ministry in 1848; and has laboured chiefly in the suburbs of London, and in Brighton. Mr. Balfern is the author of Glimpses of Jesus and other prose works of similar character, has been a frequent contributor to Religious Periodicals, and has published the following vols. of poetry:—
(1) The Beauty of the Great King, and other Poems, 1871, Lond., Passmore and Alabaster. (2) Lyrics for the Heart, 1876. (Same publishers) (3) Hymns of the Passion, 1882, Lond., Nelson and Sons. (4) Pilgrim Chimes for the Weeks of the Year, 1881, is a selection from Mr. Balfern's poems made and published by Rev. Chas. Bullock.
Mr. Balfern's hymns have appeared in the Baptist Hymnal… Go to person page >
John Ambrose Lloyd (b. Mold, Flintshire, Wales, 1815; d. Liverpool, England, 1874) [composed] EIFIONYDD. The tune...appeared in Ieuan Gwyllt's (John Roberts's) important tune book Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol (1859). Largely self-taught, Lloyd was a major presence in the Welsh music scene of his day. H…
Display Title: Look, O Christian!First Line: Look, O Christian! see thy SaviorTune Title: EIFIONYDDAuthor: William P. BalfernMeter: 87.87 DSource: Gethsemane; or, Incidents in the Great Sorrow, with Hymns of the Passion (London: Nelson and Sons, 1882)