1000 Songs/And can it be that I should gain (Charles Wesley)

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And can it be (Wesley)

1000 Songs

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And can it be, that I should gain An interest in the Saviour's blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, shoulds't die for me?

'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the first-born seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. 'Tis mercy all! let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father's throne above, So free, so infinite His grace, Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam's helpless race: 'Tis mercy all, immense and free; For, O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay Fast bound in sin and nature's night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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Charles Wesley

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2/2 Meter, Key of G, 4 stanzas with Refrain

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Chris Tomlin's chorus for the song "Amazing Love" seems to be based off of Wesley's original Refrain.

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an English composer of he Methodist Church. He was born into a family of steeped in the work of the church with many members serving as various roles in the church. of all of his accomplishments he is most widely known for his hymns that he wrote. over his lifetime Wesley wrote and published over 6,000 hymns and many of which are still used in churches today.

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