“He has given us rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.”-John Bunyan.
What have You done for me, O mighty Friend,
Who loves to the end!
Reveal Yourself, that I may now behold
Your love unknown, untold,
Bearing the curse, and made a curse for me,
That blessed and made a blessing I might be.
Oh, You were crowned with thorns, that I might wear
A crown of glory fair;
“Exceeding sorrowful,” that I might be
Exceeding glad in You;
“Rejected and despised,” that I might stand
Accepted and complete on Your right hand.
Wounded for my transgression, stricken sore,
That I might “sin no more”;
Weak, that I might be always strong in You;
Bound, that I might be free;
Acquaint with grief, that I might only know
Fulness of joy in everlasting flow.
Yours was the chastisement, with no release,
That mine might be the peace;
The bruising and the cruel stripes were Yours,
That healing might be mine;
Yours was the sentence and the condemnation,
Mine the acquittal and the full salvation.
For You revilings, and a mocking throng,
For me the angel-song;
For You the frown, the hiding of God’s face,
For me His smile of grace;
Sorrows of hell and bitterest death for You,
And heaven and everlasting life for me.
Your cross and passion, and Your precious death,
While I have mortal breath,
Shall be my spring of love and work and praise,
The life of all my days;
Till all this mystery of love supreme
Be solved in glory–glory’s endless theme.
“Frances Ridley Havergal lived forty-two and a half years. She glowed the Lord Jesus Christ and His truth, and her life profoundly benefited many who knew her and later many who read books or pamphlets by her or sang her hymns. Early in the 21st century, few recognize her name, and most of those who do remember her name only know of her as a hymn-writer. At the time of her death, she was very widely known and greatly valued on both sides of the Atlantic, and likely four million of her books were published between 1870 and 1910. There is true gold in her writings, help and enrichment to disciples.”
Biblical allusions by stanza:
John 13:1;Gal. 3:10-14
Isaiah 53:3; Eph. 1:6; Col. 2:10
Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 16:11
Isaiah 53:5; Heb. 7:25
Mark 15:32; Luke 15:10
2 Cor. 5:14,15; Rev. 5:12
Old English verbs and pronouns updated (though at the expense of some rhymes, such as: “Thine / mine”); biblcal allusions added in end notes. – ed.