Scripture Verse

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


Words: John M. Whyte, Songs of Calvary (To­ron­to, Ontario, Ca­na­da: Will­iam Briggs, 1889).

Music: Cantabria John M. Whyte, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Whyte (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Was it for me, for me alone,
The Sav­ior left His glo­ri­ous throne;
The dazz­ling splen­dors of the sky,
Was it for me He came to die?


It was for me, yes, all for me,
O love of God, so great, so free!
O won­drous love, I’ll shout and sing,
He died for me, my Lord and king!

Was it for me sweet an­gel strains
Came float­ing o’er Ju­dea’s plains?
That star­lit night so long ago,
Was it for me God planned it so?


Was it for me the Sav­ior said,
Pillow thy wea­ry, ach­ing head,
Trustingly on thy Sav­ior’s breast
Was it for me, can I thus rest?


Was it for me He wept and prayed,
My load of sin be­fore Him laid;
That night with­in Geth­se­ma­ne,
Was it for me, that ago­ny?


Was it for me He bowed His head
Upon the cross, and free­ly shed
His pre­cious blood—that crim­son tide,
Was it for me the Sav­ior died?