The words to this hymn were written by Isaac Watts and published in 1707. The tune in this video is the one written Ralph E. Hudson in the late 1800’s. He also added the chorus “At the Cross” to the song.
Alas, and did my Savior bleed,
And did my Sov’reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown,
And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker died
For man, the creature’s sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While Calv’ry’s cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here Lord, I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do.
At the cross, at the cross
Where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!