Christ died for us.@Romans 5:8
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Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

Will­iam Haugh­ton, in Beau­ti­ful Songs, ed­it­ed by Sol­om­on W. Straub (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: S. W. Straub, 1887), page 125.

Ro­bert Low­ry, in Sun­ny-Side Songs, ed­it­ed by W. How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1893), page 98 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Have you listened to the story,
Sweet and old?
Have you listened to the story,
Filling life with light and glory,
Men have told?
How there came a heav’nly stranger,
Cradled low in Bethl’hem’s manger,
Strong to shield from death and danger
God’s dear fold?

He was wronged above all others,
Mocked, denied;
He was wronged above all others,
Bruised and broken, O my brothers,
Crucified;
In a purple robe they bound Him,
With the cruel thorns they crowned Him;
Pitiless, they gathered round Him
Till He died.

When I heard the wondrous story,
So divine;
When I heard the wondrous story,
Coming down thro’ annals hoary,
Christ was mine;
O that love beyond comparing,
Burdened heart, thy sorrow sharing,
For thy sake the thorn-crown wearing!
Is He thine?