Scripture Verse

The curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, Father, into Your hands I commit My Spir­it. Luke 23:45–46


Samuel Wesley, Sr. (1662–1735)

Words: Sam­uel Wes­ley, Sr., 1700. The ma­nu­script for this hymn bare­ly es­caped the flames when Wes­ley’s Ep­worth rec­to­ry burned on Feb­ru­ary 9, 1709. Sam­uel’s son John was al­so res­cued that day, as a brand pluck­ed out of the burn­ing. John lat­er pub­lished this hymn in A Col­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, titled On the Cru­ci­fixion.

Music: Mar­tyrdom Hugh Wil­son, 1800. Ar­ranged by Ralph E. Hud­son, cir­ca 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Andrea Mantegna (1431–1506)

Behold the Sav­ior of man­kind
Nailed to the sham­eful tree!
How vast the love that Him in­clined
To bleed and die for thee!

Though far uneq­ual our low praise
To Thy vast suf­fer­ings prove,
O Lamb of God, thus all our days,
Thus will we grieve and love.

Hark, how He groans, while na­ture shakes,
And earth’s strong pil­lars bend;
The tem­ple’s veil in sun­der breaks,
The so­lid mar­bles rend.

’Tis done! The pre­cious ran­som’s paid,
Receive My soul, He cries!
See where He bows His sac­red head!
He bows His head, and dies!

But soon He’ll break death’s en­vi­ous chain,
And in full glo­ry shine:
O Lamb of God! was ev­er pain,
Was ev­er love, like Thine?

Thy loss our ru­in did re­pair;
Death by death is slain;
Thou wilt at length ex­alt us where
Thou dost in glo­ry reign.