Behold the Man

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1 Ye that pass by behold the man,
The man of grief condemned for you;
The Lamb of God for sinner's slain,
Weeping to Calvary pursue.

2 His sacred limbs they stretch, they tear,
With nails they fasten to the wood--
His sacred limbs exposed and bare,
Or only covered with his blood.

3 See there! his temples crowned with thorns,
His bleeding hands extended wide;
His streaming feet transfixed and torn,
The fountain gushing from his side.

4 Thou dear, thou suffering Son of God,
How doth thy heart to sinners move1
Sprinkle on us thy precious blood,
And melt us with thy dying love!

5 The earth could to her center quake,
Convulsed when her Creator died;
O may our inmost nature shake,
And bow with Jesus crucified!

6 At thy last gasp the graves displayed
Their horrors to the upper skies;
O that our souls might burst the shade,
And quickened by thy death, arise!

7 The rocks could feel thy powerful death,
And tremble, and asunder part;
Oh rend, with thy expiring breath,
The harder marble of our heart.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ye that pass by behold the man
Title: Behold the Man
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English


Ye that pass by, behold the man. C. Wesley. [Good Friday.] First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742, in 18 stanzas of 4 lines and entitled, "A Passion Hymn" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 70). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, 15 stanzas were given as No. 24, the omitted stanzas being ii., iv., and vii. In the 1809 edition of that collection the hymn is divided into two parts, pt. ii. beginning with “O Thou dear suffering Son of God." Many expressions in the hymn, such as "Give me to feel Thy agonies," and others, have been much criticised from time to time, and this may possibly account for the omission of the hymn from the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. Both parts, however, are still in use in Great Britain and America. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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