Now Behold Him Dying

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1 Now behold Him dying—
To His Father crying,
Who gave life to thee!
See Him bleeding, wounded;
See His love unbounded,
On the shameful tree.
See thy Lord, thy king adored;
There He speaks thy sins forgiven!
There He opens Heaven!

2 Yet His foes deride Him!
Peace e’en now denied Him
In His last sad hour!
All His love sustaineth;
Still within Him reigneth
Love’s surpassing power.
Gracious King! Thy love I sing;
Love to death my Savior giveth!
So my spirit liveth.

3 Life my Lord forsaketh!
Now His Spirit taketh
Rest in paradise:
Soon from death awaking,
Soon death’s slumbers breaking,
He to life shall rise.
O my Lord, my king adored;
Thou in death hast death subduèd,
And my hope renewèd.

4 Come, ye brokenhearted;
Hope hath not departed
From this world of woe:
Come, from grief refraining;
Cease your dark complaining:
Joys from sorrows grow.
Jesu’s name doth peace proclaim:
Dying, He the sinner healeth!
Life, His death revealeth.

Author: Arthur T. Russell

Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now behold Him dying
Title: Now Behold Him Dying
Author: Arthur T. Russell
Source: Psalms and Hymns (Cambridge, England: John Deighton, 1851)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

JESU, MEINE FREUDE

Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed JESU, MEINE FREUDE, a bar form tune (AAB) written for this text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) incorporated the tune into his cantatas 12, 64, 81, and 87 and composed a beautiful motet and several organ preludes on the melody. Sing this great chorale in harmony throughout.…

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