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O Lord Most Holy!

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1 O Lord most holy! can it be
That Thou shouldst suffer thus for me,
Bereft of consolation?
Lord, what is man, that from above,
Thou shouldst descend, in wondrous love,
To die for our salvation?
Blessèd Jesu! I adore Thee, and before Thee
Make confession,
Thou wast slain by my transgression.

2 Thee crowned with thorns my faith adores:
Thee on the cross my soul implores—
In death Thy foes subduing!
There Paradise is still Thy own;
Thy power upon the cross is shown,
There all our hope renewing!
Now Thy sorrows, Lord, shall grieve me, yet relieve me,
Life and healing
To my wounded spirit sealing.

3 Ah, how shall I such love requite,
To Thou, my Lord, my life, my light,
No pains for me disdaining?
I yield myself, my all to Thee;
Henceforth, O Jesu, dwell in me,
O’er all within me reigning.
Holy Jesu! King of glory! I implore Thee,
Comfort send me;
Jesus! unto death attend me.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9682

Author: Arthur T. Russell

Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord most holy! can it be
Title: O Lord Most Holy!
Author: Arthur T. Russell
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9682
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