Christ My Song - 1308
'Twas a conflict while it lasted
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
'Twas a conflict while it lasted.
"Triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2,15)
1. 'Twas a conflict while it lasted,
full of awe, a mortal strife.
Death he met, and death he tasted,
he who was himself "the life".
Come, my soul, look here and wonder
at a sight so strange as this.
He whose voice is heard in thunder,
by his own rejected is. PDF - Midi
2. See him on the cross suspended,
left to bear the load alone,
those who had confessed him, gone.
To be one with him is treason,
in the sight of those who rule.
'Tis a dark and fearful season;
love has felt it, and grown cool.
3. Now behold him, single-handed,
wrestling with the mighty foe.
'Tis the awful price demanded;
the amount we cannot know;
'tis too high for such as we are,
and, perhaps, for angels too.
Yet, so much above us they are,
what we know not, they may know.
4. Fearful struggle! but no longer
does the issue hang in doubt.
Strong the foe is, hut "one stronger"
comes in pow'r, and casts him out.
Sing, O earth! ye heavens, sing ye!
make a loud, a joyful sound.
Hills, and vales, and mountains, ring ye,
joy to all the world around!
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 731.