Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

This popular text by Isaac Watts has been rehymned quite a few times recently and I thought I would post links to some of them.  It is a great song to use during the Lent Season, during a Good Friday Service, and to meditate on before Easter.


Redeemer Presbyterian – Indy
mp3 | leadsheet

RUF – Indelible Grace
mp3 | leadsheet

Sojourn Church – Louisville
mp3 | leadsheet

Sovereign Grace Music – Bob Kauflin
mp3 | leadsheet


Alas! and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in,
When God, the mighty Maker, died
For man, the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face,
While his dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away;
‘Tis all that I can do.

Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707

3 thoughts on “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

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  1. Got this one covered! Any other good Good Friday songs? congregational or anthem both welcome.

    we’re also doing “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”.

  2. I thought the same thing when I read that post on JT’s blog! I sent an email to Dan and Andy with the 5 versions that I know (your post above just introduced me to two additional versions, bring the total to 7, that I know of):

    Traditional RUF version
    Sojourn Version (with Brooks Ritter)
    Greg Thompson version
    Nathan George Clark’s version
    Trinity hymnal version

    Amazing tune!

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