Sunday, August 04, 2019

Jesus, once for sinners slain

The name Joseph Hart is not as well-known as Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley, but in my opinion Hart wrote some great experiential Christian hymns. Among my favorites are the Dialogue between a Believer and His Soul. Other Hart hymns I have posted are found HERE, HERE, and HERE. On Tuesday I wrote a 7s meter tune and paired it with Hart’s “Jesus, once for sinners slain,” No. 830 in William Gadsby’s A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. The tune is HERE. Hart evidently wrote this for use with communion.

“Shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11.26, 7s.

1. Jesus, once for sinners slain,
From the dead was raised again,
And in heaven is now set down
With his Father in his throne.

2. There he reigns a King supreme;
We shall also reign with him;
Feeble souls, be not dismayed;
Trust in his almighty aid.

3. He has made an end of sin,
And his blood has washed us clean;
Fear not, he is ever near;
Now, e’en now, he’s with us here.

4. Thus assembling, we, by faith,
Till he come, show forth his death;
Of his body bread's the sign,
And we drink his blood in wine.

5. Bread, thus broken, aptly shows
How his body God did bruise;
When the grape’s rich blood we see,
Lord, we then remember thee.

6. Saints on earth, with saints above,
Celebrate his dying love,
And let every ransomed soul
Sound his praise from pole to pole.

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