This is an hymn by Samson Occom, 1774, in his Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, entitled The sufferings of Christ. Meter is 886. 886.
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1. Throughout the Saviour's life we trace
Nothing but shame and deep distress,
No period else is seen;
Till he a spotless victim fell,
Tasting in soul a painful Hell,
Caused by the creature's sin.
2. On the cold ground methinks I see
My Jesus kneel, and pray for me;
For this I him adore;
Siezed with a chilly sweat throughout,
Blood-drops did force their passage out
Through every opened pore.
3. A pricking thorn his temples bore;
His back with lashes all was tore,
Till one the bones might see;
Mocking, they pushed him here and there,
Marking his way with blood and tear,
Pressed by the heavy tree.
4. Thus up the hill he painful came,
Round him they mock, and make their game,
At length his cross they rear;
And can you see the mighty God,
Cry out beneath sin's heavy load,
Without one thankful tear?
5. Thus veiled in humanity,
He dies in anguish on the tree;
What tongue his griefs can tell?
The shuddering rocks their heads recline,
the mourning sun refuse to shine,
When the Creator fell.
6 Shout, brethren, shout in songs divine,
He drank the gall, to give us wine,
To quench our parching thirst;
Seraphs, advance your voices higher;
Bride of the Lamb, unite the choir,
And laud thy precious Christ.
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