Sunday, April 1, 2012

Steadfast Toward Jerusalem

See what unbounded zeal and love
Inflamed the Savior's breast,
When steadfast toward Jerusalem
His urgent way he pressed.

With all his suff'rings full in view,
And woes to us unknown.
Forth to the work his spirit flew,
'Twas Love that urged him on.

Prepare us. Lord, to view your cross,
Who all our griefs has borne;
To look on you, whom nails have pierced,
To look on you, and mourn.

While thus we mourn, may we rejoice,
And as your cross we see,
May each exclaim in faith and hope,
"The Savior died for me!"

Thomas Cotterill, 1810; st. 2 William Cowper, 1784
Hugh Wilson, 1800

This text first appeared in a hymnal complied by Thomas Cotterill, A Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, for Public and Private Use, Adapt­ed to the Fes­tiv­als of the Church of England (1810). However, it is based on, or perhaps inspired by, an earlier text by William Cowper, using one stanza from The Savior, what a noble flame, which appeared in the influential Olney Hymns (1779), Book II, #55.

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