Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed
Rev. Isaac Watts Guillaume Franc

(NOTE: in verse 1 "worm" is changed to "sinner"
in today's hymnbooks and verse 4 is omitted.
When Isaac Watts originally wrote this hymn
there was no chorus and the tune was very different.)
By 1885 when it was copyrighted, Ralph E. Hudson changed the tune
and we recognize this hymn today as, "At The Cross,")the chorus he added.)

Alas! And did my Saviour bleed,
And did my Sov'reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Was it for cries that I have done,
He groan'd upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man, the 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.

(Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs
by P.P. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey,
as used by them in Gospel Meetings
Published by Biglow & Main, and John Church & Co.,
Copyright 1875)


(Winona Hymns
Compiled by J. Wilbur Chapman
Edited by E.O. Excell
For The Evangelist Committee,
Published by The Westminster Press,
Copyright 1906, by Parley E. Zartman)