Alas! and did my Savior bleed

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Alas! and did my Savior bleed?
  And did my Sov'reign die,
Would He devote that sacred head
  For such a worm as I?
2
Was it for sins that I had done
  He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
  And love beyond degree!
3
Well might the sun in darkness hide,
  And shut his glories in,
When the incarnate Maker died
  For man, His creature's sin.
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Thus might I hide my blushing face
  While His dear cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
  And melt mine eyes to tears.
5
But drops of grief can ne'er repay
  The debt of love I owe;
Here Lord, I give myself away:
  'Tis all that I can do.
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Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

A story is told of a young Jewess who was saved in a remarkable way through this hymn. She had been out shopping and had returned home with the provisions for her household. When unwrapping some paper from a package the first verses of this hymn caught her eye, and she read on. This was strange news to her and try as she would, she was unable to shake off the impression created by such startling words; so she obtained a Bible and started seeking for the truth. It was then the young woman found her Messiah and Lord in Jesus and was saved.

It was one of Watt’s hymns that was used in the conversion of Fanny Crosby, the famous blind hymn writer, who was converted on November 1850. But long before that day, many a seeking soul has been drawn to the foot of the cross at the sweet sound of the same tender lines.

“Alas, and did my Savior bleed?

And did my Sovereign die?

Would He devote that sacred head

For such a worm as I? ”

(Stories and Sketches of our Hymns)


Dennis Ngaruye

Kampala, Central Uganda, Uganda

Really beautiful song. It reveals the very heart of God towards humanity...


Jeremy

Beautiful Melody, beautiful words.


Steve Kimathi

Chuka, Eastern Province, Kenya

One of my best hymns that reminds me of my high school moments when I gave my life to Jesus and purposed to live his way

Surely God died for us!!


Ayo

Ibadan, Nigeria

Would He devote that sacred head, for such a worm as I? Yes He did

Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes to tears.


Toyin Diyan

London, United Kingdom

Lord I owe You my love; I owe You my life; I owe You my all! Take it all! Amen.


Adasen Oghoverere

Mount Rainier, WA, United States

Glory be to God.


JM

The best medicine for a cold, unloving heart. Best taken with the melody.


Steve Okoth

Kgali, Rwanda

My favorite hymn. Reminds me of the reason to give my all for God having gave me His All.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

A 30-year-old blind woman heard a revival choir sing this simple hymn. Stanza after stanza stirred her heart, but when the choir came to the final line, "Here, Lord I give myself away," she gave herself away to the Lord as well. That blind woman was Fanny Crosby. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown and Norton