Victim divine, Thy grace we claim (Joseph Barnby)

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Title: Victim divine, Thy grace we claim
Tune: Victim divine
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn Meter: 88. 88. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby, Novello

Description: No.189 from Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby.

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Original text and translations

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1 Victim Divine, thy grace we claim
while thus thy precious death we show:
once offered up, a spotless Lamb,
in thy great temple here below,
thou didst for all our kind atone,
and standest now before the throne.

2 Thou standest in the holiest place,
as now for guilty sinners slain;
thy blood of sprinkling speaks, and prays,
all prevalent for helpless ones;
thy blood is still our ransom found,
and speaks salvation all around.


3 The smoke of thy atonement here
darkened the sun and rent the veil,
made the new way to heaven appear,
and showed the great Invisible;
well pleased in thee our God looked down,
and called his rebels to a crown.

4 He still respects thy sacrifice,
its savour sweet doth always please;
the offering smokes through earth and skies,
diffusing life, and joy, and peace;
to these thy lower courts it comes,
and fills them with divine perfumes.


5 We need not go up to heaven,
to bring the long-sought Saviour down;
Thou art to all already given,
Thou dost e’en now thy banquet crown:
To every faithful soul appear,
and show thy real presence here!