Hail! Thou once despised Jesus

Sung during the Sunday worship at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London (Spurgeon’s).

Hymn 285 from our hymn book, Psalms & Hymns of Reformed Worship.

HAIL! Thou once despisèd Jesus,
Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us;
Thou didst free salvation bring:
Hail, Thou agonising Saviour,
Bearer of our sin and shame;
By Thy merits we find favour;
Life is given through Thy name.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
All our sins on Thee were laid;
By almighty Love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made:
All Thy people are forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy blood;
Opened is the gate of Heaven;
Man is reconciled to God.

Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory,
There for ever to abide;
All the heavenly host adore Thee,
Seated at Thy Father’s side:
There for sinners Thou art pleading;
There Thou dost our place prepare;
Ever for us interceding,
Till in glory we appear.

Worship, honour, power and blessing,
Thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing,
Meet it is for us to give:
Help, ye bright angelic spirits!
Bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing our Saviour’s merits,
Help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!

Author: John Bakewell (1721-1819)
Tune: Hyfrydol
Composer: Rowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887)

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