This is the text as it originally appeared in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year. This hymn was written for Good Friday.
Cleft are the rocks, the earth doth quake,
The slumberers of the grave awake;
The temple’s veil is rent in twain;
For Christ our sacrifice is slain,
And bears of sin and death the pain.
Lo, Nature’s face of beaming light
She veils in darkness at the sight
Of Him, her God, the Crucified!
‘Tis man alone that dares deride
The Saviour who for him hath died.
Despised is the Man of Grief,
Rejected, and denied belief,
By them whose sorrows He hath borne,
For whose transgression He is torn,
Whose mortal weakness He hath worn.
The Mighty One, the Son of God,
Hath humbly kiss’d affliction’s rod,
That by His stripes we might be heal’d,
Our pardon by His blood be seal’d,
And boundless mercy stand reveal’d.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
And turn’d aside from wisdom’s way,
But He hath saved us from our sin;
Our God the ransom-Lamb hath been,
Our God hath saved us from our sin!
Oh let us cast each vice away,
Which thus the Son of God could slay!
With contrite heart and weeping eye
Behold the Saviour’s cross on high,
And every sin and folly fly!
So may we join the song of love
Which saints and angels sing above;
All honour, glory, praise to Thee,
Which wert and art and art to be,
The Lamb slain from eternity!
Words: Anon.*, Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year, 1827.
Tune: “Vail” German melody 16th C.
*According to the actual text of Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year, this text is anonymous. However, Cyberhymnal indicates it was written by C. C. Dawson.