Christ My Song - 1451
See the holy victim smitten
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
See the holy victim smitten.
"The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53,6)
1. See the holy victim smitten,
by the Father's stern decree;
so it is, for so 'twas written;
so it is, and needs must be.
Yes, it must be, if no change is
where no change can ever be.
'Tis a scene that passing strange is,
awful is the mystery.
2. In his sufferings no complaint is,
smitten though he be to death.
Yes, the Lord of glory faint is,
and he yields his latest breath;
But his dying words, what were they?
"It is finished!" Wondrous words!
But the world around, how hear they?
Truth to them no joy affords.
3. Little know they what's impending,
when the Lord shall come again;
come with clouds, from heav'n descending.
Every eye shall see him then,
they who seized and who condemned him,
they who pierced his hands and feet,
they who slighted and contemned him;
all before his throne shall meet.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 20.