’Twas on that dark, that doleful night

’Twas on that dark, that doleful night. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748). From Watts’s Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), Book III, ‘Prepared for the holy Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper’ (many authorities give the Second Edition of 1709 as the publication date, but it was printed also in 1707). It was the first hymn in Book III, headed ‘The Lord’s Supper instituted, I Cor. 11. 23, &c.’. It had seven stanzas: ’Twas on that dark, that doleful Night When Powers of Earth and Hell arose Against the Son of God’s Delight, And Friends betray’d him to his Foes: Just e’re the mournful Scene began He took the Bread, and blest, and brake; What Love thro all his Actions ran! What wondrous Words of Grace...

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