Alas! and did my Savior bleed

Alas! and did my Savior bleed?
  And did my Sov'reign die,
Would He devote that sacred head
  For such a worm as I?
Was it for sins that I had done
  He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
  And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide,
  And shut his glories in,
When the incarnate Maker died
  For man, His creature's sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face
  While His dear cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
  And melt mine eyes to tears.
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.
Godwin Etti

Surrey, BC, Canada

I just want to appreciate Robert Wood's comments above. In all of our inquisitions in regards to our low spiritual tide, there isn't any thing else, in my opinion, that erodes our usefulness in the hands of God like having some hidden elevated self views. But when we truly come to grip with our total unworthiness then will be glory come down. The great apostle Paul exclaimed " For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing ..." (Rom. 7:18). As mentioned in my comment above, it is this decietful self elevation that has cancelled kneeling down to pray in many Christian forum of worship. In as much as God is, in fact, not particular about our prayer postures, a time comes nevertheless in our lives that as the great prophet Daniel we "kneel" before this Great God of Heaven. May God help us to come to terms with our exalted position IN Christ and and not our earthly self-elevated views. Amen.

Robert Wood

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Thank you for posting this the way Issac Watts wrote it. I see many hymnals that replace "worm" with "sinner", I guess because it seems less debasing. But until we see our total unworthiness we will never fully understand what Christ did. May my prayer always be "Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,

And melt mine eyes to tears."


Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

I love this song so much and I can say that this song changed my life.

Esther Hebrews

Chennai, TN, India

Will I not love the One who gave His life for me? My prayer always is that the LORD should be my love and nothing should come in His place. He is worthy of our love. He is our Jubilee!

YURI ang balaang bugoy

Butuan City, Philippines

Yes, I was touched by this song so much! Amen! Thanks for the website. ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOR BLEED..........I always sing this wonderful hynm. Praise the Lord.

Daisy Ko

Koronadal City, Philippines

I was really touched by the lyrics of the song. I haven't played it yet. I just read it slowly and it bursts my into tears. Yes! How incredible are God is! He gave up Himself to a sinful and unfaithful me. I couldn't describe how much He loves me! O LORD JESUS! You are Worthy of glory, honor and praise!