Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 19, 2009

Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand in thy great day;
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

That holy, meek, unspotted Lamb,
Who from the Father’s bosom came,
Who died for me, e’en me to atone,
Now for my Lord and God I own.

Lord, I believe thy precious blood,
Which, at the mercy seat of God,
Forever doth for sinners plead,
For me, e’en for my soul, was shed.

Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.

When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Ev’n then this shall be all my plea,
Jesus hath lived, hath died, for me.

Jesus, the endless praise to thee,
Whose boundless mercy hath for me
For me a full atonement made,
An everlasting ransom paid.

O let the dead now hear thy voice;
Now bid thy banished ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, thy blood and righteousness.

Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
tr. by John Wesley

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

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Kim 07.19.09 at 8:00 pm

I took the service at Richard’s former church in Swansea this evening. We sang “What a friend we have in Jesus” to the tune of “Austria”. Seriously.

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Richard 07.19.09 at 8:22 pm

Why did you do that?!

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Kim 07.19.09 at 8:31 pm

It wasn’t me, dummy! I always let you guys pick the tunes. I reckoned it must have been the Moravian influence on Wesley that had you singing the tune of the German National Anthem.

Btw, we also sang “I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath” to a tune under which I could hear Isaac Watts turning in his grave. But you guys seemed to know it.

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Richard 07.19.09 at 8:51 pm

I knew that wouldn’t have been you. I’m just puzzled about why anyone would change that tune.
As for “I’ll praise my maker…”, we’d normally sing it to ‘Monmouth’. You didn’t like it?

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Fat Prophet 07.19.09 at 9:07 pm

There are some hymns that tunes should never ever be changed to - and this in my opinion is one of them! (What a friend should always be sung to ‘Converse’)

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