Scripture Verse

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


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 54. In­car­na­tion and Suf­fer­ings.

Music: Green­wood (Sweet­ser) Jo­seph E. Sweet­ser, A Col­lec­tion of Church Mu­sic (New York: John Wi­ley, 1849), num­ber 161 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Sweet­ser (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Stupendous was the love
Of God’s eternal Son,
Who left the blissful scenes above,
And His imperial throne.

He waded through a sea
Of overwhelming wrath,
That wretched sinners, such as we,
Might be redeemed from death.

Expiring on the cross,
He Satan’s empire broke;
Surprise and horror seized His foes,
And hell’s foundation shook.

From Him we grace receive,
In Him all good possess;
And those who on His word believe,
Shall reign with Him in bliss.

Hosanna to His name,
Let heav’nly hosts adore;
But saints, with pure seraphic flame,
Should love and praise Him more.