We worship thee, O crucified

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1 We worship thee, O Crucified!
What glories didst thou lay aside;
What depth of human grief and sin
Didst thou consent to languish in,
That through atoning blood outpoured
Our broken peace might be restored!

2 We mourn that e’er our hearts should be
One with a world that loves not thee;
That with the crowd we passed thee by
And saw, but did not feel, thee die.
Not till we knew our guilt and shame
Did we esteem the Saviour’s name.

3 Though with our shame we shunned the light,
Thou didst not leave us in the night;
We were not left in sin to stray
Unsought, unloved, from thee away;
For from thy cross irradiates
A power that saves and recreates.

4 O loved above all earthly love,
To thee our hearts adoring move;
Thy boundless mercies yearn to save
And in thy blood sin’s wounds to lave.
O speed the day when men shall see
That human hopes are all in thee.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #135

Author: Albert Orsborn

Albert Orsborn, "the poet general", was the sixth leader (general) of The Salvation Army. He led the international organization in the aftermath of World War II (1946-1954), and approved its becoming a founding member of the World Council of Churches (1948). He is noted for his poetry and hymns, of which "My life must be Christ's broken bread" is arguably the best known. email sent to Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: We worship thee, O crucified
Author: Albert Orsborn


MELITA (Dykes)

The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant. The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…

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