Scripture Verse

I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. John 12:4


Catherine Winkworth

Words: Jo­hann Roh, Ein Ge­sang­buch der Bru­der inn Ge­he­men und Mer­herrn (Nur­em­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1544) (Gott­es Sohn ist kom­men). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Cho­rale Book for Eng­land (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts and Green, 1863), num­ber 26.

Music: Gott­es Sohn Ist Kom­men Mi­chael Weisse, 1531 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann Roh


Once He came in blessing,
All our ills redressing,
Came in likeness lowly,
Son of God most holy;
Bore the cross to save us,
Hope and freedom gave us.

Still He comes within us,
Still His voice would win us
From the sins that hurt us;
Would to truth convert us
From our foolish errors,
Ere He comes in terrors.

Thus if Thou hast known Him,
Not ashamed to own Him,
Nor dost love Him coldly,
But will trust Him boldly,
He will now receive thee,
Heal thee, and forgive thee.

He who well endureth,
Bright reward secureth;
Come, then, O Lord Jesus,
From our sins release us;
Let us here confess Thee,
Till in Heav’n we bless Thee.