Who has believed thy word,
Or thy salvation known?
Reveal thine arm, Almighty Lord,
And glorify thy Son.
The Jews esteemed him here
Too mean for their belief;
Sorrows his chief acquaintance were,
And his companion, grief.
They turned their eyes away,
And treated him with scorn;
But ’twas their grief upon him lay,
Their sorrows he has borne.
‘Twas for the stubborn Jews,
And Gentiles then unknown,
The God of justice pleased to bruise
His best-beloved Son.
‘But I’ll prolong his days,
And make his kingdom stand;
My pleasure,’ saith the God of grace,
‘Shall prosper in his hand.’
[‘His joyful soul shall see
The purchase of his pain
And by his knowledge justify
The guilty sons of men.]
[‘Ten thousand captive slaves,
Released from death and sin,
Shall quit their prisons and their graves
And own his power divine.]
[‘Heav’n shall advance my Son
To joys that earth denied;
Who saw the follies men had done,
And bore their sins, and died.’]

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Like sheep we went astray,
And broke the fold of God,
Each wand’ring in a diff’rent way,
But all the downward road.
How dreadful was the hour
When God our wand’rings laid,
And did at once his vengeance pour,
Upon the Shepherd’s head!
How glorious was the grace
When Christ sustained the stroke
His life and blood the Shepherd pays
A ransom for the flock.
His honor and his breath
Were taken both away,
Joined with the wicked in his death,
And made as vile as they.
But God shall raise his head
O’er all the sons of men,
And make him see a num’rous seed,
To recompense his pain.
‘I’ll give him,’ saith the Lord,
A portion with the strong;
He shall possess a large reward,
And hold his honors long.’

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