All ye that pass by
All ye that pass by. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in Hymns on the Great Festivals, and Other Occasions (1746), the book in which Wesley’s texts, some unpublished, were set to music by his friend John Frederick Lampe*. This is hymn 4 in the book, entitled ‘On the Crucifixion’, the first of three hymns with that title. It was then published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749), with the title ‘Invitation to Sinners’. It is based on Lamentations 1: 12: ‘Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow’; Charles Wesley would have known George Herbert*’s ‘The Sacrifice’, which uses the same verse but makes a very different poem...
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