Behold the Man

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1 Ye that pass by behold the man,
The man of grief condemned for you;
The Lamb of God for sinner's slain,
Weeping to Calvary pursue.

2 His sacred limbs they stretch, they tear,
With nails they fasten to the wood--
His sacred limbs exposed and bare,
Or only covered with his blood.

3 See there! his temples crowned with thorns,
His bleeding hands extended wide;
His streaming feet transfixed and torn,
The fountain gushing from his side.

4 Thou dear, thou suffering Son of God,
How doth thy heart to sinners move1
Sprinkle on us thy precious blood,
And melt us with thy dying love!

5 The earth could to her center quake,
Convulsed when her Creator died;
O may our inmost nature shake,
And bow with Jesus crucified!

6 At thy last gasp the graves displayed
Their horrors to the upper skies;
O that our souls might burst the shade,
And quickened by thy death, arise!

7 The rocks could feel thy powerful death,
And tremble, and asunder part;
Oh rend, with thy expiring breath,
The harder marble of our heart.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, the son of Samuel Wesley, was born at Epworth, Dec. 18, 1707. He was educated at Westminster School and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. In 1735, he took Orders and immediately proceeded with his brother John to Georgia, both being employed as missionaries of the S.P.G. He returned to England in 1736. For many years he engaged with his brother in preaching the Gospel. He died March 29, 1788. To Charles Wesley has been justly assigned the appellation of the "Bard of Methodism." His prominence in hymn writing may be judged from the fact that in the "Wesleyan Hymn Book," 623 of the 770 hymns were written by him; and he published more than thirty poetical works, written either by himself alone,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ye that pass by behold the man
Title: Behold the Man
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English


Ye that pass by, behold the man. C. Wesley. [Good Friday.] First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742, in 18 stanzas of 4 lines and entitled, "A Passion Hymn" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 70). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, 15 stanzas were given as No. 24, the omitted stanzas being ii., iv., and vii. In the 1809 edition of that collection the hymn is divided into two parts, pt. ii. beginning with “O Thou dear suffering Son of God." Many expressions in the hymn, such as "Give me to feel Thy agonies," and others, have been much criticised from time to time, and this may possibly account for the omission of the hymn from the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. Both parts, however, are still in use in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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