I lay my sins on Jesus
I lay my sins on Jesus. Horatius Bonar* (1808-1889).
This was first published in Bonar’s Songs for the Wilderness, First Series (Kelso, 1843) (not ‘in the Wilderness’ as in JJ, p. 556). It was entitled ‘The Fulness of Jesus’, and preceded by a quotation from Isaiah: ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed - Isaiah, liii. 5.’ It had four 8-line stanzas.It was later printed in his Bible Hymn Book (Edinburgh, 1845), and in Hymns of Faith and Hope, First Series (1857, 1866). The text in 1857 was entitled ‘The Substitute’, and preceded by a Latin quotation:
‘Jesu, plene caritate,...
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