Text:This simple Common Meter hymn is very frequently found with added refrains, a number of which are given in the Tunes below. A great many American hymnals contain two settings, usually MARTYRDOM and HUDSON. The basic plain-verse hymn is as follows:1 Alas! and did my Saviour bleed, And did my Sov'reign die? Would he devote that sacred Head For such a Worm as I? 2 Thy Body slain, sweet Jesus thine, And bath'd in its own Blood, While all expos'd to Wrath divine, The glorious Suff'rer stood! 3 Was it for Crimes that I had done He groan'd upon the Tree? Amazing Pity! Grace unknown! And Love beyond Degree! 4 Well might the Sun in Darkness hide, And shut his Glories in, When GOD the Mighty Maker dy'd For Man the Creature's Sin. 5 Thus might I hide my blushing Face, While his dear Cross appears, Dissolve my Heart in Thankfulness, And melt my Eyes to Tears. 6 But Drops of Grief can ne'er repay The Debt of Love we owe; Here, Lord, I give myself away, 'Tis all that I can do. One or two stanzas are frequently omitted, even in the plain-verse settings, but particularly often in the settings with refrains.
Tunes (and refrains); these are, in order of frequency, the top four pairings in the Hymnary.org database for this text:
HUDSON ("At the Cross"), composer (and author of refrain): Ralph Hudson
MARTYRDOM (= AVON) [Hugh Wilson]
REMEMBER ME (Hull), composer: Asa Hull; authorship of refrain uncertain
HE LOVES ME: tune and refrain apparently anonymous
Here are some less common tunes and/or refrains for this hymn:
CAMPMEETING (refrain: "I do believe...") [anonymous]
Variant of HE LOVES ME [in Christian Harmony, 2010]
O HOW I LOVE JESUS [anonymous]
WALSALL [W. Anchors' A Choice Collection, 1721]
I surrendered at the cross [Charles Price Jones]
LIBERTY HALL [Wyeth]
SUFFERING SAVIOR (Shenandoah Harmony; refrain: "O the Lamb...") [anonymous]
WEEPING SAVIOR (Sacred Harp; refrain: "Oh, come, sinner...")
VICTORIA (Sacred Harp; refrain: "I have but one..." [Leonard P. Breedlove]
LOVE THE LORD (Sacred Harp; refrain: "Oh who is like Jesus...") [J. P. Reese]
... and the earliest (1800) refrain version I've found, but the tune of which I have not been able to determine:
THANKS TO THE LAMB (refrain: "Thanks...") [anonymous]
... and the Cooper Book editions of the Sacred Harp contain a version under the title "Come, Friends, Go With Me", of which I have not yet found a good page scan.
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