While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.@Romans 5:8

Samuel Alman, in The Canadian Hymnal (Toronto: William Briggs, 1895), number 17.

Evan William H. Havergal, 1847; arranged by Lowell Mason in New Carmina Sacra (Boston, Massachusetts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason (1792-1872)

I love to sing of that great Power
That made the earth and sea;
But better still, I love the song
Of Jesus died for me.

I love to sing of shrub and flower,
Of field and plant and tree;
But sweeter note for ever is,
That Jesus died for me.

I love to think of angels’ songs,
From sin and sorrow free;
But angels cannot strike their notes
To Jesus died for me.

I love to speak of God, of Heaven,
And all its purity;
God is my Father, Heaven my home,
For Jesus died for me.

And when I reach that happy place,
From all temptation free,
I’ll tune my ever rapturous notes
With Jesus died for me.