My sins laid open to the rod

My sins laid open to the rod

Author: James M. Gray
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 My sin it was that laid the rod
On Him who from the law was free;
And the eternal Son of God
Received the stripes once due to me.

And yet His blood was shed for me,
To be of sin the double cure:
And balm there flows from Calv’ry’s tree
That heals my guilt and makes me pure.

2 Nor beam was in His eye, nor mote;
Nor laid to Him was any blame:
And yet His cheeks for me they smote—
The cheeks that never blushed for shame. [Refrain]

3 I pierced those sacred hands and feet
That never touched nor walked in sin;
I broke the heart that only beat
The souls of sinful men to win. [Refrain]

4 That sponge of vinegar and gall
I handed Him upon the reed;
And when derision mocked His call
My tongue was guilty of the deed. [Refrain]

Source: The Voice of Thanksgiving #17

Author: James M. Gray

Born: May 11, 1851, New York City. Died: September 21, 1935, Passavant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City. Gray accepted Christ at age 22. He was educated at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine (Doctor of Divinity), and the University of Des Moines, Iowa (Doctor of Laws). In 1879 he became Rector of the First Reformed Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served 14 years. He then became dean (1904-25) and president (1925-34) of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, and directed publication of four editions (1921-28) of the Voice of Thanksgiving, official hymnal of the Institute. A conservative theologian, Gray was one of seven editors of the popular Scofield Reference Bible. He was… Go to person page >

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First Line: My sins laid open to the rod
Author: James M. Gray
Refrain First Line: By his stripes we are healed


[My sin it was that laid the rod]


Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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