When Jesus Came To Earth Of Old

When Jesus came to earth of old

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Published in 12 hymnals

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1 When Jesus came to earth of old,
He came in weakness and woe;
He wore no form of angel mold,
But took our nature poor and low.

2 But when He cometh back once more,
There shall be set the great white throne,
And earth and Heav’n shall flee before
The face of Him that sits thereon.

3 O Son of God, in glory crowned,
The Judge ordained of quick and dead;
O Son of Man, so pitying found,
For all the tears Thy people shed,

4 Be with us in this darkened place,
This weary, restless dangerous night;
And teach, O teach us by Thy grace,
To struggle onward into light.

5 And since, in God’s recording book,
Our sins are written, every one,
The crime, the wrath, the wandering look,
The good we knew, and left undone.

6 Lord, ere the last dread trump be heard,
And ere before Thy face we stand,
Look Thou on each accusing word,
And blot it with Thy bleeding hand.

7 And by the love that brought Thee here,
And by the cross, and by the grave,
Give perfect love for conscious fear,
And in the day of judgment save.

8 And lead us on while here we stray,
And make us love our heav’nly home,
Till from our hearts we love to say,
"Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13078

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

As a small girl, Cecil Frances Humphries (b. Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1818; Londonderry, Ireland, 1895) wrote poetry in her school's journal. In 1850 she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican primate (chief bishop) of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. Alexander was strongly influenced by the Oxford Movement and by John Keble's Christian Year. Her first book of poetry, Verses for Seasons, was a "Christian Year" for children. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles' Creed, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandment… Go to person page >

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First Line: When Jesus came to earth of old
Title: When Jesus Came To Earth Of Old
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #13078
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