Scripture Verse

Jesus wept. John 11:35


Jesus Wept
James Tissot (1836–1902)

Words: S. Pike, in Good Will, ed­it­ed by T. Mar­tin Towne & Jai­rus M. Still­man (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1878), num­ber 18.

Music: Nan­terre Will­iam F. Sher­win, 1877 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where Pike’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of Him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jesus wept—oh, won­drous thought,
Seal of love from Hea­ven;
Tears with which our joy was bought,
Pledge of sin for­giv­en;
Teardrops from the court above:
Welling out in sad­ness;
Justice sa­tis­fied by love,
Pitying hu­man mad­ness.

Jesus wept—the bless­èd dew
On the grave des­cend­ed;
There the mon­ster Death He slew,
Life and love were blend­ed;
Life im­mor­tal, life for man,
Born of love su­per­nal;
Life that cir­cles in its span,
Heav’nly joys eter­nal.

Jesus wept—let ev­ery voice
Join the swell­ing cho­rus;
He hath bid­den us re­joice,
While He sor­rowed o’er us:
To the lit­tle child­ren’s lot
This blest hope was giv­en;
Suffer, and for­bid them not,
For of such is Hea­ven.

Join we then the glad re­frain,
Sweetest an­thems bring­ing;
Catch the soul in­spir­ing strain,
Angel hosts are sing­ing:
Hallelujah to the Lamb!
Wonderful the sto­ry!
Praises to the great I Am
Blessing, hon­or, glo­ry!