but i love hymns.
not gospel songs which alot of people think are hymns and they are not, but truly deep 16th-18th century hymns. they have amazing theology and are deep with the richness and love of God. i especially love taking hymns and making the arrangements modern.
i was looking in the hymnal yesterday for a key to a hymn we are doing in a few weeks and found the words (no music) to a hymn by Samuel Wesley. The notes at the bottom of the page mention that this hymn is one of the few relics found after the fire which destroyed Epworth rectory on the night of Feb 9, 1709 when his son, young John Wesley, was rescued as a “brand plucked out of the burning.” i’m going to try and write some original music for this.
Behold the Savior of Mankind
Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree
How vast the love that Him inclined
To bleed and die for thee!
Hark how He groans! While nature shakes,
And earth’s strong pillars bend!
The temple’s veil in sunder breaks,
The solid marbles rend.
‘Tis done! The precious ransom’s paid!
“Receive my soul!” He cries;
See where He bows His sacred head!
He bows His head and dies!
But soon He’ll break death’s envious chain
And in full glory shine.
O Lamb of God, was ever pain,
Was ever love like thine?