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Christ's Sufferings and Exaltation

Now let our mournful songs record

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 104 hymnals

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1 Now let our mournful songs record
The sorrows of our dying Lord,
When he complained in tears and blood,
As one forsaken by his God.

2 The Jews beheld him thus forlorn,
And shook their heads and laughed in scorn;
He rescued others from the grave,
Now let him try himself to save.

3 This is the man who did pretend
God was his Father and his friend;
If God the blessed loved him so,
Why does he fail his help to show?

4 O savage people! cruel priests!
How they stood round like raging beasts!
Like lions gaping to devour,
When God had left him in their power!

5 They wound his head, his hands, his feet,
Till streams of blood each other meet;
By lot his garments they divide,
And mock the pangs in which he died.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #181

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now let our mournful songs record
Title: Christ's Sufferings and Exaltation
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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