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Jesus Shed His Blood for Me

Posted By: Haruo = Leland
Date: Saturday, 30 September 2006 at 3:08 p.m.

This text is #183 in the Korean-English Presbyterian Hymnal and Service Book "Come, Let Us Worship" (Louisville: Geneva Press, 2001), where it is ascribed to Fanny J. Crosby. I am posting it here because I can't find it in any of my other hymnals nor in cyberhymnal.org's rather extensive list of Fanny's hymns. The tune is W. H. Doane's NEAR THE CROSS, to which Fanny's text of the same title was originally, and is usually, set.

1. Jesus shed his blood for me,
bore, for our salvation
on his cross, the agony
of a lost creation.

Refrain:
Jesus, Lord, Jesus, Lord,
for my sins they slew thee.
Now by thy dear blood restored,
draw the sinner to thee.

2. For what crime should he be killed,
for his killers praying?
Mad, that mindless mob has willed
their Messiah's slaying.

3. None there lives who does not know
sin, bloodied as crimson;
but the cross makes white as snow
all in Christ's dominion.

4. Jesus, oh so fair art thou!
My good friend, my Savior,
thy grace, only, save me now,
and from hell forever.

Particularly in lines 3b and 4c there are some minor rhythmic and syntactic infelicities, but overall I think it's a good hymn; if it's by Fanny I'm shocked it's not better known. If it's NOT by Fanny, it would be well to know its source and to give appropriate credit (and let Abingdon Press's Korean editors know to emend future printings).

Haruo = Leland

PS to Carlton or whoever does the tech stuff: Why can't the Discussion board be set to accommodate line breaks the way this one is? One frequently wants to cite a stanza of song text over there, and has to either do without line breaks

1. Jesus shed his blood for me, / bore, for our salvation / on his cross, the agony / of a lost creation.

or double them

1. Jesus shed his blood for me,

bore, for our salvation

on his cross, the agony

of a lost creation.

Both are highly inelegant, verging on ugly, solutions. I'm mentioning it here rather than there because here I can demonstrate: there I could only describe and lament.

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