Alas and did MY Savior Bleed
Isaac Watts 1674-1740
Isaac Watts points out the contrast between the unworthy sinner and the marvelous sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
The question, “Was it for crimes that I have done?” has lead sinners to say, “Here Lord I give myself away tis all that I can do”.
At the age of 30 a blind woman heard the choir sing this hymn and gave her self away. She said her soul was “flooder with celestial light”. Her name – Fanny Crosby.
- Alas! and did my Savior bleed And did my Sov’reign die? Would He devote that sacred head For such a worm as I?
- Was it for crimes that I had done He groaned 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 my 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.