When wounded sore the stricken soul

When wounded sore the stricken soul

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1858)
Published in 87 hymnals

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1 When wounded sore, the stricken soul
Lies bleeding and unbound,
One only hand, a pierced hand,
Can salve the sinner’s wound,
Can salve the sinner’s wound.

2 When sorrow swells the laden breast,
And tears of anguish flow,
One only heart, a broken heart,
Can feel the sinner’s woe,
Can feel the sinner’s woe.

3 When penitence has wept in vain
Because of some dark spot,
One only stream, a stream of blood,
Can wash away the blot,
Can wash away the blot.

4 ’T is Jesus’ blood that washes white,
This hand that brings relief;
This heart that’s touched with all our joys,
And feeleth for our grief,
And feeleth for our grief.

5 Lift up thy bleeding hand, O Lord,
Unseal that cleansing tide;
We have no shelter from our sin
But in thy wounded side,
But in thy wounded side.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #167

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: When wounded sore the stricken soul
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1858)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


When wounded sore the stricken soul. Cecil F. Alexander. [Passiontide.] Appeared in her Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, &c, 1858, No. 12, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Passion Week." It was repeated without alteration in her Legend of the Golden Prayers and Other Poems, 1859, p. 141, with the new heading "Touched with the feeling of our infirmities." It is found in many hymnbooks in Great Britain and America, and usually in an unaltered form. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. BERNARD (Tochter Sion)

EMMANUEL (Beethoven)


Texts on facing page (C.M. but not specifically for this tune): * #29 (Psalm 27: Taku wanji awakita; tune "Amenity") * #30 (Woyatan Odowan)

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The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #228


The Cyber Hymnal #7730

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