1 Saved by blood I live to tell,
What the love of Christ has done;
He redeemed my soul from hell,
Of a rebel made a son:
Oh! I tremble still to think
How secure I lived in sin;
sporting on destruction's brink,
Yet preserved from falling in.
2 In his own appointed hour,
To my heart the Savior spoke;
Touched me by his spirit's power,
And my dangerous slumber broke;
Then I saw and owned my guilt:
Soon my gracious Lord replied--
"Fear not, I my blood have spilt,
'Twas for such as thee I died."
3 Shame and wonder, you and love,
All at once possessed my heart;
Can I hope thy grace to prove,
After acting such a part?
"Thou hast greatly sinned, he said,
But I freely all forgive;
I myself thy debt have paid,
Now I bid thee rise and live."
4 Come, my fellow sinners, try,
Jesu's heart is full of love;
Oh, that you, as well as I,
May his wondrous mercy prove!
He has sent me to declare,
All is ready, all is free:
Why should any soul despair,
When he saved a wretch like me.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803