1 Shall we go on to sin,
Because thy grace abounds?
Or crucify the Lord again,
And open all his wounds?
2 Forbid it, mighty God!
Nor let it e’er be said
That we, whose sins are crucified,
Should raise them from the dead.
3 We will be slaves no more,
Since Christ has made us free;
Has nailed our tyrants to his cross,
And brought us liberty.
Source: A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #210
|First Line:||Shall we go on to sin|
|Title:||Dead to Sin by the Cross of Christ|
Shall we go on to sin? I. Watts. [Rom. vi. 1-6.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1709, Book i., No. 106, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Death to sin by the Cross of Christ." Its use is limited. Original text in modern editions of Watts. In the Draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 3745, it was given as "And shall we then go on to sin?" the alterations being confined to the change of metre. In adopting the hymn for the authorized issue of the Translations, in 1781, No. xlvii. (Rom. vi. 1-7), the first line only of the 1745 alterations was retained, the whole hymn being rewritten in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. This recast has very little indeed of Watts, being to a great extent new. This form, according to the markings of the eldest daughter of W. Cameron, was by Cameron. It is given in several modern collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)