Victim divine, thy grace we claim
Victim divine, thy grace we claim. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in Hymns on the Lord’s Supper (1745) in eight 4-line stanzas, in the section entitled ‘The Holy Eucharist as it implies a Sacrifice’. Though it was not included in John Wesley*’s Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780), it appeared in the 1831 edition with Supplement and the 1876 edition (‘Wesley’s Hymns’). From the Methodist Hymn Book (1904) onwards, it has remained in use in Methodist hymnbooks, but with the omission of stanzas 3 and 4:
The Smoke of thy Atonement here
Darken’d the Sun and rent the Vail,
Made the New Way to Heaven appear,
And shew’d the great...
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