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To-day a wonder we behold

To-day a wonder we behold

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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To-day a wonder we behold,
A Mystery profound,--
The Great Invisible of old
Before our eyes is bound:
And He Who came to set us free,
Is held in base captivity.

The judge of all, to Whose assize
The race of man shall wend,
When He to judgement shall arise,
And forth the summons send,--
Behold Him, faultless and alone,
Before an earthly judgement throne.

And cruel hands are on Him laid,
And smite Him on the face,
'Though by Himself the hands were made,
Thus sullied with disgrace;
Creation, view the awful sight,
The creature his Creator smite.

He, Who Immortal Life bestows,
And hades' might defies,
Is hurried by relentless hands,
To Calvary, where He dies;--
And all is borne,--the scorn, the Cross,
In love to save our souls from loss.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: To-day a wonder we behold
Translator: John Brownlie
Source: Sticheron Idiomelon from Vespers on Friday of Passion Week
Language: English


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Hymns of the Russian Church #25

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