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And Can It Be

Words: Charles Wesley
Tune: Sagina, by Thomas Campbell
  And  can  it  be, that I should gain
  An   in  - terest in the--e   Sav -ior's  blood?
  Died  he  for me-e, who caused his pain?
  For me,  who   Him   to    death  pur -sued?
  Amazing  love!  ho--ow can   it  be
  That thou,  my  God, shouldst  die  for  me?
 
   Amazing love! how can it be
   That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
 
  He   left his Father's throne a   -  bove,
  So   free, so     in -fi--i - nite his    grace!
  Emptied   him-se-elf of all  but   love,
  And bled  for  A  -  dam's help - less race:
 'Tis   mercy    all,   i---im-mense and free,
  For, O    my    God,    it     found out me!
 
   Amazing love! how can it be
   That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

 

   Long my   im -prisoned spir - it     lay
   Fast bound in     sin a---and na - ture's night;
   Thine eye dif-fu-used a quickening ray,
   I   woke, the  dun - geon  flamed with light;
   My chains fell off,   my--y  heart was free,
   I    rose, went forth,   and   followed  thee.
 
   Amazing love! how can it be
   That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

 

   No   con -dem-nation   now    I      dread,
   Je - sus,  and    all i---in  him, is     mine!
  Alive     in  Hi-im, my living     Head,
  And clothed in right-eous -ness   di - vine,
  Bold   I    ap-proach the-e -ter - nal throne,
  And  claim the  crown, through Christ my own.
 
   Amazing love! how can it be
   That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

 

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  1. meetingintheclouds

    This was my all-time favourite hymn, though I prefer it the way most hymn books present it, with the last two lines of each verse repeated as the chorus. That way I get to sing "My chains fell off!" twice.

    Both my husband and I had this listed for our funerals, but in the last few years we have changed it because hardly anyone knows it now, and that hymn demands to be sung in full, triumphant voice. We have replaced it with Stuart Townend's "In Christ Alone"

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Not a bad swap - and i so get what you mean. This is one of the great losses in Church. I keep hoping some hi-visibility worship leader will give it a re-do update workover so these wonderful words of Charles Wesley are not lost to this wonderful, on fire generation that is truely changing the world today.

      I found an old hymnal in a book store in Williamsburg VA a few years back and it is chock full of Wesley hymns, some of them with dozens of verses and they teach such wonderful doctrine.

      I have to dig through and share some.

      Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting.
      Ben

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