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9665. A Lamb Goes Forth: The Sins He Bears

1 A Lamb goes forth: the sins He bears
Of every generation:
Himself with patience He prepares
To die for every nation.
All faint and weak, behold! He goes
His life resigning to His foes:
No thought His brief can measure.
He yields to scorn, reproach, disdain,
Wounds, anguish, cross, and dying pain,
And saith, It is my pleasure.

2 This Lamb my greatest friend I own;
He is my soul’s redemption:
Sin to destroy is His alone,
And give from wrath exemption.
In sighs His Spirit melts away,
His blood, my life in heavenly day,
In purple streams is flowing.
O Lamb beloved! how shall I Thee
Requite for all, thus unto me
Such wondrous goodness showing!

Text Information
First Line: A Lamb goes forth: the sins He bears
Title: A Lamb Goes Forth: The Sins He Bears
German Title: Ein Lämmlein Geht
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: Arthur T. Russell
Language: English
Source: Praxis Pietatis Melica, 3rd ed., by Johann Crüger, 1648; Tr.: Psalms and Hymns (Cambridge, England: John Deigthon, 1851)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: AN WASSERFLÜSSEN BABYLON
Composer (attributed to): Wolfgang Dachstein (1525)
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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