Christ My Song - 1406
Now praise we, and bless we, the Lord
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Now praise we, and bless we, the Lord.
"Ye shall be free indeed." (John 8,36)
1. Now praise we, and bless we, the Lord who has saved us,
has bought us, and freed us from him who enslaved us,
how glorious this liberty is!
While men, in their folly, refuse and despise it,
the people who have it, know well how to prize it,
no freedom is equal to this.
2. Redeemed with a price, that more precious than gold is,
a price, one whose value too great to be told is,
the blood of "the Lamb" that was shed.
When the ransom required was his life, and no other,
a friend he was found, loving more than a brother,
and offered himself in our stead.
3. This love is so strange, that no language can teach it,
so deep and so high, that our thought cannot reach it,
we wonder, O Lord, and adore.
Let us live to his glory, who died to redeem us,
devotion, and zeal, and exertion beseem us:
'tis meet we should loiter no more.
4. Enable us, Lord, for thou only canst do it,
our strength is but weakness, our master, we know it,
for such we have proved it to be.
Forgive us, our Saviour, forgive us what past is,
sufficient thy grace, we are sure, to the last is,
henceforth let us glorify thee.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 227.