Scripture Verse

Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified Him.@John 19:17–18

Introduction

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Cecil F. Alexander
(1818–1895)

Words: Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der, 1847.

Music: Green Hill (Steb­bins) George C. Steb­bins, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Crucifixion
William B. Hole (1846–1917)

Origin of the Hymn

Al­ex­an­der wrote this hymn as she sat up one night with her ser­ious­ly sick daugh­ter. Ma­ny times, tra­vel­ing to town to shop, she had passed a small grassy mound, just out­side the old ci­ty wall of Der­ry, Ire­land. It al­ways made her think of Cal­va­ry, and it came to mind as she wrote this hymn. She pub­lished it in her Hymns for Lit­tle Child­ren in 1848.


While hold­ing meet­ings with Mr. Moo­dy, at Car­diff, Wales, in 1883, I vis­it­ed the ru­ins of Tin­tern Ab­bey with Pro­fess­or Drum­mond. While there I sang this song, which the pro­fess­or said to me was one of the fin­est hymns in the En­glish lang­uage. A num­ber of years later I sang it on the green hill believed to be Cal­va­ry, out­side the walls of Je­ru­sa­lem.

Sankey, pp. 283–84

Lyrics

There is a green hill far away,
Outside a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.

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O dearly, dearly, has He loved,
And we must love Him, too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.

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He died that we might be forgiv’n,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to Heav’n,
Saved by His precious blood.

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There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven and let us in.

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O dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him, too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.

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