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No Common Vision This I See

No common vision this I see

Author: John Norris, 1657-1711; Adapter: Charles Wesley
Tune: KENT (Lampe)
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 No common vision this I see
In more than human majesty,
Who is this mighty Hero, who,
With glorious terror on His brow?

2 His deep dyed crimson robes outvie
The blushes of the morning sky;
Lo! how triumphant He appears
And victory in His visage wears!

3 How strong, how stately does He go!
Pompous and solemn is His pace,
And full of majesty His face,
Who is this mighty hero, who?

4 "’Tis I, who to My promise stand:
I, who sin, death, hell, and the grave
Have foiled with this all conquering hand:
’Tis I, the Lord, mighty to save."

5 Why wear’st Thou then this crimson dye;
Say Thou, all conquering hero, why?
Why do Thy garments look all red
Like them that in the wine vat tread?

6 "The wine press I alone have trod,
That ponderous mass I plied alone:
And with me to assist was none:
A task worthy the Son of God!

7 "Angels stood trembling at the sight,
Enraged I put forth all My might,
And down the engine pressed; the force
Put frighted nature out of course.

8 "The blood gushed out, and checkered o’er
My garments with its deepest gore.
With glorious stains bedecked I stood,
And writ My victory in blood.

9 "The day, the signal day is come
Vengeance of all My foes to take;
The day, when death shall have its doom,
And the dark Kingdom’s powers shall shake.

10 "I looked, who to assist stood by:
Trembled Heav’n’s hosts, nor ventured nigh:
E’en to My Father did I look
In pain: My Father Me forsook.

11 "A while amazed I was to see
None to uphold or comfort Me:
Then I arose in might arrayed,
And called My fury to My aid.

12 "My single arm the battle won,
And strait th’ acclaiming Hosts above
Hymned, in new songs of joy and love,
Jehovah and His conquering Son."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11106

Author: John Norris, 1657-1711

Norris, John, born at Collingbourne, Kingston, Wilts, 1657, his father being clergyman of the parish. He was educated at Winchester, and Exeter College, Oxford, subsequently becoming a Fellow of All Souls. From Oxford he passed, in 1689, to the Rectory of Newton St. Loe, Somersetshire, and thence, in 1691, to Bemerton, near Salisbury (and once the home of George Herbert), where he died and was buried, in 1711. He was noted as a theologian, and as a metaphysical writer, his works on those subjects being many. In 1687 he published A Collection of Miscellanies, in prose and verse, in which four versions of individual psalms were given. A specimen from these is found in Holland's British Psalmists, and the whole were reprinted in 1871 with Norr… Go to person page >

Adapter: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: No common vision this I see
Title: No Common Vision This I See
Author: John Norris, 1657-1711
Adapter: Charles Wesley
Source: Adapt.: , 1742
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #11106
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