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We now with gladness tell

We now with gladness tell

Author: James Relly
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 We now with Gladness tell,
What Proof our God hath giv'n,
That we with him shall ever dwell
Above the highest Heav'n.

2 That our Creator's Love,
Essentially, to Man;
His Dealings with us fully prove,
Thro' all the Christian Plan.

3 Such was his Love to us,
He freely gave his Son
To suffer Death upon the Cross,
And, bleeding, there atone.

4 For us he made him Sin,
Then pierc'd him to the Heart;
This to destroy, the Spear went in,
For this he bare his Smart.

5 Beneath the pond'rous Load
His sinking Spirit fell,
From Heav'n, his high and blest Abode,
To the Confines of Hell.

6 His Soul with Anguish rent,
His Head with Trouble bow'd;
He gave his unknown Sorrows vent,
And, roaring, cry'd aloud.

7 His Sighs, and Tears, and Groans,
His inward Torments speak;
His Struggles hard, with piteous Moans,
'Till all his Heart-strings break.

8 His loud and piercing Cry,
Effect of Pain and Fear,
Did, as the choicest Melody,
Salute the Father's Ear.

9 Not Songs of Morning-Stars,
Nor Angels highest Praise,
Could so delight his holy Ears,
Or like Harmony raise.

10 Such was the Love of God,
Commended towards us;
Such was the Pleasure which he had
In Sin's Destruction thus.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.XLVIII

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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First Line: We now with gladness tell
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #191

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #CCLXX

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