Scripture Verse

It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Hebrews 10:4


Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns on the Lord’s Sup­per 1745.

Music: Mal­vern Lo­well Ma­son, The Psal­te­ry 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lowell Mason (1792–1872)


O Thou whose offering on the tree
The legal offerings all foreshowed,
Borrowed their whole effect from Thee,
And drew their virtue from Thy blood.

The blood of goats and bullocks slain,
Could ne­ver for one sin atone;
To purge the guilty offerer’s stain,
Thine was the work, and Thine alone.

Vain in themselves their duties were,
Their services could ne­ver please,
Till joined with Thine, and made to share
The merits of Thy right­eous­ness.

Forward they cast a faithful look
On Thy approaching sacrifice;
And thence their pleasing savor took,
And rose accepted in the skies.

These feeble types and shadows old,
Are all in Thee, the truth, fulfilled;
We in Thy sacrifice behold
The substance of those rites revealed.

Thy meritorious sufferings past,
We see by faith to us brought back;
And, on Thy grand oblation cast,
Its saving benefits partake.