1. To avert from men God's wrath Jesus suffered in our stead; By an ignominious death He a full atonement made; And by His most precious blood, Brought us, sinners, nigh to God.
2. That we never should forget This great Love on us bestowed, He gave us His flesh to eat, and to drink His precious blood; All who sick and needy are May receive in Him a share.
3. Hither each afflicted soul May repair, though filled with grief; To the sick, not to the whole, the Physician brings relief; Fear not, therefore, but draw nigh, Christ will all your wants supply.
4. He who in self— righteousness Fixes any hope or stay, Has not on a wedding dress, And with shame is sent away; To the hungry, weary heart, He will food and rest impart.
5. But examine first your case, Whether you be in the faith; Do you long for pard'ning grace? Is your only hope His death? Then, howe'er your soul's oppressed, Come, you are a worthy guest.
6. He who Jesus' mercy knows, Is from wrath and envy freed; Love unto our neighbor shows That we are His flock indeed; Thus we may in all our ways Show forth our Redeemer's praise.
Words: Latin c. 1400, sometimes attr. John Hus. Translated Christian Ignatius Latrobe, 1789.
Music: 'Gethsemane' or 'Petra' Richard Redhead, 1853.
Setting: "The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged" (Episcopal), 1896.
copyright: public domain. This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2011 Revision.
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