Scripture Verse

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3

Introduction

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Philip P. Bliss
(1838–1876)

Words & Mu­sic: Phi­lip P. Bliss, in the In­ter­na­tion­al Les­sons Month­ly, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Man of Sorrows
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

Anecdote

Written…short­ly be­fore his death, this was the last hymn I heard Mr. Bliss sing. It was at a meet­ing in Far­well Hall in Chi­ca­go [Il­li­nois], con­duct­ed by Hen­ry Moore­house.

A few weeks be­fore his death Mr. Bliss vis­it­ed the State pri­son at Jack­son, Mi­chi­gan, where, af­ter a ve­ry touch­ing ad­dress on The Man of Sor­rows, he sang this hymn with great ef­fect. Ma­ny of the pris­on­ers dat­ed their con­ver­sion from that day.

When Mr. Moo­dy and I were in Pa­ris, hold­ing meet­ings in the old church which Na­po­le­on had grant­ed to the Ev­an­gel­i­cals, I fre­quent­ly sang this hymn as a so­lo, ask­ing the con­gre­ga­tion to join in the sing­le phrase, Hal­le­lu­jah, what a Sav­iour, which they did with splen­did ef­fect.

It is said that the word Hal­le­lu­jah is the same in all lan­guag­es. It seems as though God had pre­pared it for the great ju­bi­lee of hea­ven, when all his child­ren shall have been ga­thered home to sing Hal­le­lu­jah to the Lamb!

Sankey, pp. 146–47

Lyrics

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
It is finished! was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious king,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!