Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
Alas! and did my Saviour bleed. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748).
From Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), Book II, ‘Composed on Divine Subjects’, with the title ‘Godly Sorrow arising from the Sufferings of Christ’. It had six stanzas.
The original stanza 2 has usually been omitted:
Alas! and did my Saviour bleed, And did my sov’reign die?Would he devote that sacred Head For such a Worm as I?
Thy Body slain, sweet Jesus, thine,
And bath’d in its own Blood,
While all expos’d to Wrath divine
The glorious Sufferer stood?
Was it for Crimes that I had done He groan’d upon the Tree?Amazing Pity! Grace unknown! And Love beyond Degree?
Well might the Sun in Darkness hide, And shut his Glories...
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