Scripture Verse

The blood of Jesus Christ…cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7


Edward Caswall
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Ro­man Bre­vi­ary, 1827 (Ira jus­ta con­di­tor­is). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, Ly­ra Ca­tho­li­ca, 1849.

Music: Ira Jus­ta Ed­ward H. Thorne, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Thorne (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


He who once in righteous vengeance
Whelmed the world beneath the flood,
Once again in mercy cleansed it
With His own most precious blood,
Coming from His throne on high
On the painful cross to die.

O the wisdom of th’Eternal!
O the depth of love divine!
O the sweetness of that mercy
Which in Jesus Christ did shine!
We were sinners doomed to die;
Jesus paid the penalty.

When before the Judge we tremble,
Conscious of His broken laws,
May the blood of His atonement
Cry aloud, and plead our cause,
Bid our guilty terrors cease,
Be our pardon and our peace.

Prince and Author of salvation,
Lord of Majesty supreme,
Jesu, praise to Thee be given
By the world Thou didst redeem;
Glory to the Father be
And the Spirit One with Thee.