Saturday, March 25, 2006

And Can It Be?

As I did last year, I'm looking forward to Easter with songs and poems. This one is by Charles Wesley...


And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

3 comments:

Bill M said...

Molly,
This is one of my favorites! I especially enjoy singing, "My chains fell off...", something I need to remind myself of daily, namely that I am no longer in the bondage of sin. Thank you for taking the time to post these works of encouragement!

longlostfriend said...

M-
I really enjoy the last two songs you've posted. We used to sing them regularly in RUF and were accompanied by guitar, violin, bass and an occasional cello. Really beautiful. Somehow, the church organ that acccompanies all the hymns we sing every Sunday doesn't quite have the same effect! You've got to watch Eddie Izzard's "Dressed to Kill"--he does a really funny history of the church that talks about hymn singing! Thanks for your posts!

Molly said...

Thanks to both of you for your comments.

I love both of these hymns, too -- they're so rich with the beautiful truth of the Gospel!