CAC GHB 318 AND CAN IT BE THAT I SHOULD GAIN
MAKE MELODY IN YOUR HEART TO THE LORD
318-and can it be that I should gain
While we were yet sinners Christ died for us
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviours blood
Died for me who caused his pain
For me who him to death pursued
Amazing love, how can it be
‘Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain, the firstborn seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.
He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own