O Jesus, sweet the tears I shed

O Jesus, sweet the tears I shed

Author: Ray Palmer
Tune: ALEXANDRIA (Arnold)
Published in 53 hymnals

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1 O Jesus, sweet the tears I shed,
While at Thy cross I kneel,
Gaze on Thy wounded, fainting head,
And all Thy sorrows feel.

2 My heart dissolves to see Thee bleed,
This heart so hard before;
I hear Thee for the guilty plead,
And grief o’erflows the more.

3 ’Twas for the sinful Thou didst die,
And I a sinner stand;
What love speaks from Thy dying eye,
And from each piercèd hand!

4 I know this cleansing blood of Thine
Was shed, dear Lord, for me;
For me, for all—O grace divine!
Who look by faith to Thee.

5 O Christ of God! O spotless Lamb!
By love my soul is drawn;
Henceforth for ever Thine I am,
Here life and peace are born.

6 In patient hope the cross I’ll bear,
Thine arm shall be my stay;
And Thou, enthroned, my soul shalt spare,
On Thy great judgment day.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10416

Author: Ray Palmer

Ray Palmer (b. Little Compton, RI, 1808; d. Newark, NJ, 1887) is often considered to be one of America's best nineteenth-century hymn writers. After completing grammar school he worked in a Boston dry goods store, but a religious awakening prodded him to study for the ministry. He attended Yale College (supporting himself by teaching) and was ordained in 1835. A pastor in Congregational churches in Bath, Maine (1835-1850), and Albany, New York (1850-1865), he also served as secretary of the American Congregational Union (1865-1878). Palmer was a popular preacher and author, writing original poetry as well as translating hymns. He published several volumes of poetry and hymns, including Sabbath Hymn Book (1858), Hymns and Sacred Pieces (1865… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Jesus, sweet the tears I shed
Author: Ray Palmer
Language: English



The Cyber Hymnal #10416
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The Cyber Hymnal #10416

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