6842. To Avert from Men God's Wrath

1. To avert from men God’s wrath,
Jesus suffered in our stead;
By an ignominious death
He a full atonement made;
And by His most precious blood
Brought us, sinners, nigh to God.

2. Hither each afflicted soul
May repair, though filled with grief;
To the sick, not to the whole,
The Physician brings relief;
Fear not, therefore, but draw nigh;
Christ will all your wants supply.

3. But examine first your case,
Whether you be in the faith;
Do you long for pard’ning grace?
Is your only hope His death?
Then, howe’er your soul’s oppressed,
Come, you are a worthy guest.

4. He who Jesus’ mercy knows
Is from wrath and envy freed.
Love unto each other shows
That we are His flock indeed;
Thus we may in all our ways
Show forth our Redeemer’s praise.

Text Information
First Line: To avert from men God's wrath
Title: To Avert from Men God's Wrath
Latin Title: Jesus Christus, Nostra Salus
Translator (from Latin): Christian I. La­trobe
Meter: 77.77.77
Language: English
Source: This trans­lat­ion in the Mo­ra­vi­an Hymn Book, 1789, num­ber 557
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: This hymn has been ascribed to [John] Hus, and is included in the Monumentorum Joannis Hus altera pars, Nürnberg, 1558, but his authorship is doubtful. Wackernagel, vol i. gives three forms, No. 367, in 10 st. from a Munich Ms. of the 15th cent; No. 369 from Leisentritt's Gesang-Buch (R. C.), 1584, in 7 stanzas. The last text is also in Daniel, ii. 370. In his Cantiones Bohemicae, Leipzig, 1886, preface, pp. 22, 31, 43. & c., G. M. Dreves discusses the authorship, and cites it as in 10 st., in a MS. cir. 1410, belonging to the Abbey of Hohenfurth; in a Gradual, cir. 1420, in the Bohemian Museum at Prag, &c. Julian, p. 598.
Tune Information
Composer: Richard Redhead (1853)
Meter: 77.77.77
Incipit: 11234 43112 32211
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Church Hymn Tunes, An­cient and Mo­dern (Lon­don: 1853)
Copyright: Public Domain

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