The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

We Sing The Praise of Him Who Died

The Sinner's Hope

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly, 1815

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Meter: LM

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns Not Before Published (Dublin: Thomas Johnson, 1815), No. 52, p. 54.

Hymn LII

“God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross.” Gal. 6:14.

1. 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.

2. Inscrib'd upon the Cross we see
In shining letters, “God is love:”
He bears our sins upon the tree,
He brings us mercy from above.

3. The Cross! it takes our guilt away,
It holds the fainting spirit up:
It cheers with hope the gloomy day,
And sweetens ev'ry bitter cup.

4. It makes the coward spirit brave,
And nerves the feeble arm for fight:
It takes its terror from the grave,
And guilds the bed of death with light.

5. The balm of life; the cure of woe;
The measure and the pledge of love:
'Tis all that sinners want below;
'Tis all that angels know above.

Also found in The Book of Christmas Hymns (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868), pp. 82-83.

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