Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (MARTYRDOM)


Isaac Watts immortal text and the lovely tune MARTYRDOM combine in this choral anthem. The choral parts can be learned in one rehearsal, with unison sections, SATB, and simple descants. The piano accompaniment provides the dramatic arc, building until the climax in verse 5.

Choral anthem for SATB choir and piano. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your choir.

words by Isaac Watts, 1707, alt.
music: MARTYRDOM (Hugh Wilson c. 1800, adapt. Robert Smith, 1825)
arranged by Greg Scheer
copyright 2008
CCLI #5141832
OneLicense #128553

1. Alas! And did my Savior bleed,
and did my Sovereign die!
Would he devote that sacred head
for sinners such as I?

2. Was it for crimes that I have done,
he groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown,
And love beyond degree!

3. Well might the sun in darkness hide,
and shut its glories in,
when God, the mighty Maker, died
for his own creature’s sin.

4. Thus might I hide my blushing face
while his dear cross appears;
dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
and melt mine eyes to tears.

5. 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.