Twas on that dark, that doleful night

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This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, Hymn 1 of Book 3, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, entitled The Lord's supper instituted, based on 1 Corinthians 11:23 ff.

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'Twas on that dark, that doleful night,
When all the powers of hell rose
Against the Son of God's delight,
And friends betrayed him to his foes:

Before the mournful scene began,
He took the bread, and blessed, and brake:
What love through all his actions ran!
What wondrous words of grace he spake!

"This is my body broke for sin;
Receive and eat the living food:"
Then took the cup and blessed the wine,--
"'Tis the new covenant in my blood."

"Do this," he said, "till time shall end,
In memory of your dying Friend;
Meet at my table, and record
The love of your departed Lord."

Jesus! thy feast we celebrate;
We show thy death, we sing thy name,
Till thou return, and we shall eat
The marriage supper of the Lamb.

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