Christ My Song - 1261
Jesus drains the cup of sorrows
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Jesus drains the cup of sorrows.
"O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." (Matthew 26,39)
1. Jesus drains the cup of sorrows;
see he lies beneath our load;
gives his life a ransom for us,
and redeems us by his blood.
Was there ever love like this?
Was there ever grief like his?
2. Jesus is "a man of sorrows",
here he claims pre-eminence;
see him pierced by heav’n’s own arrows;
see him die for our offence.
We, like sheep, had gone astray;
Jesus takes our sin away.
3. Jesus suffers – wondrous victim!
'Tis the Son of God that dies!
Heav’n, and earth, and hell afflict him:
justice claims the sacrifice.
Darkness now exerts its power;
darkness reigns this fearful hour.
4. Come, ye saints, look here and wonder;
come behold what love could do:
gaze upon the victim yonder:
Jesus suffered thus for you.
Bid adieu to low desire;
here let earthly love expire.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 15.