How condescending and how kindWas God’s eternal Son!Our misery reached His heav’nly mind,And pity brought Him down.
When Justice, by our sins provoked,Drew forth its dreadful sword,He gave His soul up to the strokeWithout a murm’ring word.
He sank beneath our heavy woes,To raise us to His throne;There’s ne’er a gift His hand bestowsBut cost His heart a groan.
This was compassion like a God,That when the Savior knewThe price of pardon was His blood,His pity ne’er withdrew.
Now, though He reigns exalted high,His love is still as great;Well He remembers Calvary,Nor let His saints forget.
Here we behold His bowels roll,As kind as when He died;And see the sorrows of His soulBleed through His wounded side.
Here we receive repeated sealsOf Jesus’ dying love:Hard is the wretch that never feelsOne soft affection move.
Here let our hearts begin to melt,While we His death record,And with our joy for pardoned guilt,Mourn that we pierced the Lord.
Wake, harp of Zion, wake again,Upon thine ancient hill,On Jordan’s long deserted plain,By Kedron’s lowly rill.
The hymn shall yet in Zion swell,That sounds Messiah’s praise,And thy loved Name, Emmanuel,As once in ancient days.
For Israel yet shall own her King,For her salvation waits,And hill and dale shall sweetly sing,With praise in all her gates.
O hasten, Lord, these promised days,When Israel shall rejoice,And Jew and Gentile join in praise,With one united voice!