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Behold the man! how glorious he!
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Behold the man! how glorious he!

"Behold the man!" (John 19,5)

1. Behold the man! how glorious he!
  Before his foes he stands unawed,
and without wrong or blasphemy,
  he claims equality with God.

2. Behold the man! by all condemned,
  assaulted by a host of foes;
his person and his claim contemned,
  a man of suff'rings and of woes.

3. Behold the man! he stands alone,
  his foes are ready to devour;
not one of all his friends will own
  their Master in this trying hour.

4. Behold the man! though scorned below,
  he bears the greatest name above;
the angels at his footstool bow,
  and all his royal claims approve.

5. Behold the man! a pris'ner now,
  and with transgressors doomed to die;
a crown shall soon adorn his brow,
  a crown of glory and of joy.

6. Behold the man! the world is his,
  yet who on earth so poor as he?
For others he submits to this,
  for them he stoops to poverty.

7. Behold the man! he knew no sin,
  yet justice smites him with her sword;
he bears the stroke that else had been
  the sinner's portion from the Lord.

8. Behold the man! so weak he seems,
  his awful word inspires no fear;
but soon must he, who now blasphemes,
  before his judgment-seat appear.

9. Behold the man! a King he is,
  his throne is built in heav'n above;
and there, the people who are his,
  shall see his face, and sing his love.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 686.

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