- (Posted 2017-06-15) CPDL #45004:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-15). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 103 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition.
- (Posted 2017-06-15) CPDL #45003:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-15). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 3 pages, 66 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).
First Line: Behold, the Savior of mankind
Composer: Barnabas McKyes
Lyricist: Samuel Wesley, Sr.
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Anthem
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1798 in Social Harmony, pp. 49-51
Description: Words by Samuel Wesley, Sr., in four stanzas. McKyes used all four stanzas of Wesley's hymn in his composition.
Original text and translations
1. Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree!
How vast the love that Him inclined
To bleed and die for thee!
2. Hark how he groans while nature shakes,
And earth's strong pillars bend!
The temple's veil in sunder breaks,
The solid marbles rend.
3. 'Tis done; the precious ransom's paid;
"Receive my soul!" He cries.
See where He bows His sacred head;
He bows His head and dies!
4 But soon He'll break death's envious chain,
And in full glory shine.
O Lamb of God, was ever pain,
Was ever love, like Thine?