The hand that was nailed to the cross of woe

The hand that was nailed to the cross of woe. Harriet (Hattie) Pierson* (1865-1921).   This dramatic hymn by the writer usually known as ‘Hattie Pierson’ was published in a number of Revival hymnbooks in the early 20th century and after. It is frequently known by its title, ‘The hand that was wounded for me’ from line 2 of the refrain.  By concentrating on the hand and the nail, Pierson brings the agony and suffering of Christ on the Cross vividly to life. The earliest printing in is from 1902, when it was paired with the tune by Daniel B. Towner* which has become invariably associated with the words. It was printed in Revival Hymns (Chicago, 1905), edited by Towner. It had...

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