Behold! behold the Lamb of God

Behold! behold the Lamb of God,
  On the cross! On the cross!
For us He shed His precious blood,
  On the cross! On the cross!
O hear His all-important cry,
  “Eli, lama sabachthani?”
Draw near and see the Savior die,
  On the cross! On the cross!
Behold His arms extended wide,
  On the cross! On the cross!
Behold His bleeding hands and side,
  On the cross! On the cross!
The sun withholds its rays of light,
  The heav’ns are clothed in shades of night,
While Jesus wins the glorious fight,
  On the cross! On the cross!
By faith we see Him lifted up,
  On the cross! On the cross!
He drinks for us the bitter cup,
  On the cross! On the cross!
The rocks do rend, the mountains quake,
  While Jesus all our sins doth take,
While Jesus suffers for our sake,
  On the cross! On the cross!
And now the mighty deed is done,
  On the cross! On the cross!
The battle fought, the vict’ry won,
  On the cross! On the cross!
To heav’n He turns triumphant eyes;
  ” ’Tis finished” now, the Conqu’ror cries,
Then bows His sacred head and dies,
  On the cross! On the cross!
But now He’s ris’n, ascended, crowned,
  On the throne! On the throne!
Heav’n’s highest place for Him is found,
  On the throne! On the throne!
Our hearts we low in worship bow,
  And join, as one, to hail Him now:
“Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou!”
  On the throne! On the throne!
Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

Alfred P Gibbs was born in Birmingham, England in 1890. He was raised in Johannesburg South Africa. His twin brother brought him to Christ when he was a youth.

During WWII, he served as a military chaplain preaching to soldiers in training camps.

In 1919, he set out to Moody Bible institute and soon became involved with the Operation Rescue Mission with other prominent men of faith.

Alfred never married like JN Darby he lived out of a suitcase. Most of his writings were devoted to young believers.

In 1931, he published a songbook with his own words, music and composition. He was best known for his work with children.

In 1967, Gibbs died in an automobile accident. He is best remembered as a great Gospel preacher and a loving friend. Some of his hymns ara in “Choice Hymns of the Faith.”

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

The original 1st stanza says:

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;

Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;

And make me love Thee as I ought to love.


The original stanza 3, line 1 says "me" instead of "us", and stanzas 3 & 4 are in reverse order.


The original last stanza says:

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,

One holy passion filling all my frame;

The baptism of the heav'n-descended Dove,

My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.


In the last stanza, 3rd line, "baptism" is changed to "kindling", "fullness" or "presence" in most hymnals to make it easier to sing as 2 syllables.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Hoskins was an English Congregational minister. During the 3 years prior to his death [at age 43] he wrote 384 hymns. Hoskins also wrote "Let thoughtless thousands choose." - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


stanza 1 line 3 originally says, He sheds for you His precious blood


Stanza 3 line 1 originally says, "Come, sinners, see Him lifted up


In stanza 4, the original says "dying eyes" instead of "triumphant eyes."


Instead of stanza 5 above by Gibbs, the original concluded with the following 2 stanzas:

5 Where'er I go I'll tell the story

Of the cross, of the cross!

Of nothing else my soul shall glory

Save the cross, save the cross!

Yea, this my constant theme shall be

Through time and in eternity,

That Jesus tasted death for me

On the cross, on the cross!


6 Let every mourner rise and cling,

To the cross, to the cross!

Let every Christian come and sing,

Round the cross, round the cross!

There let the preacher take his stand,

And, with the Bible in his hand,

Declare the triumphs through the land,

Of the cross, of the cross!