Scripture Verse

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Introduction

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John Newton
(1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), num­ber 57.

Music: Can­ber­ra Ed­win O. Ex­cell, 1917 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edwin O. Excell
(1851–1921)

Lyrics

I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agony and blood,
Who fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.

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O, can it be, upon a tree,
The Savior died for me?
My soul is thrilled, my heart is filled,
To think He died for me!

Sure, never to my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.

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My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair,
I saw my sins His blood had spilt,
And helped to nail Him there.

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A second look He gave, which said,
I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayst live.

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