We sing the praise of him who died

We sing the praise of him who died,
of him who died upon the cross;
the sinner's hope let men deride;
for this we count the world but loss.

Inscribed upon the cross we see
in shining letters, God is love:
he bears our sins upon the tree:
he brings us mercy from above.

The cross: it takes our guilt away,
it holds the fainting spirit up;
it cheers with hope the gloomy day,
and sweetens every bitter cup.

It makes the coward spirit brave,
and nerves the feeble arm for fight;
it takes its terror from the grave,
and gilds the bed of death with light.

The balm of life, the cure of woe,
the measure and the pledge of love,
the sinner's refuge here below,
the angel's theme in heaven above.

Words: Thomas Kelly, 1815

MIDI: Bow Brickhill (Sydney H. Nicholson, 1875-1947)
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Meter: LM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 085 Breslau  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 101 Anglican Hymn Book 101 (Macfarren)  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 078 Breslau  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 078 Devotion  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 542 Brockham  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 200 Breslau  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 449    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 113 Breslau  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 187 Brockham  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 100 Breslau  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 100 Breslau  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 100 Devotion  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 100 Duke Street  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 588 Brockham  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 502 Bristol (Wesley)  
The English Hymnal, 1906 510 Ach bleib bei uns, Bow Brickhill  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 633 Breslau  
The Hymnal 1916 160 Breslau  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 325 Breslau  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
101 Breslau  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 100 Domine, probasti  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 132 Breslau  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 594 Breslau  
The Hymnal 1940 340 Breslau  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 215 Bow Brickhill  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 162 Bow Brickhill, Breslau  
The Hymn Book 1971 110 Bow Brickhill  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 262 Bow Brickhill  
The Hymnal 1982 471 Breslau  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 138 Bow Brickhill  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 094 Bow Brickhill  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 146 Bow Brickhill, Breslau (2nd edition only)  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 536 Ach bleib bei uns, Bow Brickhill  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 200 Bow Brickhill  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 347 Bow Brickhill  
Sing Glory, 1999 390 Bow Brickhill, Breslau  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 125 Bow Brickhill  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 723 Ach bleib bei uns, Bow Brickhill  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 248 Bow Brickhill  

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