How Could It Be?

Poor and despised, he came seeking for me

Author: Neal A. McAulay
Tune: [Poor and despised, he came seeking for me]
Published in 7 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Poor and despised He came seeking for me,
Bearing my woe and shame my soul to free;
For me He suffered here,
Shed oft the bitter tear,
In love so pure and dear,
How could it be?

2 Down in Gethsemane, there I behold
Jesus in agony, sorrow untold;
Then at the traitors call,
He went to Pilot’s hall,
Bearing the sins of all,
How could it be?

3 See Him ascend the mount, bleeding for me,
Where thro’ the crimson fount, cleansing I see;
For me He left His throne,
For me He did atone,
Dying in shame alone,
How could it be?

4 Then in the tomb He lay, sleeping for me,
Till came the promised day of victory;
He from the grave arose,
He conquer’d all His foes,
Then He in glory rose,
How could it be?

Source: Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets #155

Author: Neal A. McAulay

McAulay, Neal A. (Nova Scotia, March, 1854--?). Born of Scottish parents "in the English town of Nova Scotia." At age 21 he moved to Boston and from there to Portland, Maine, in 1876. Converted in 1877; went to Chicago in 1882, and entered McCormick Theological Seminary in 1883 (B.D., 1886). Pastorates in Presbyterian churches in Wilton, Iowa (1886-1907) and Lyons, Louisiana (1907-?). In 1889 began writing gospel hymns. --Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Poor and despised, he came seeking for me
Title: How Could It Be?
Author: Neal A. McAulay
Publication Date: 1908
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Clayton's Collection of Choir Melodies No. 2 #62

Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d340

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs Number Two #5

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Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets #155

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Songs for Service #103

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The King's Praises Number 2 #11

The Message in Song Nos. 1 & 2 #d171

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