Crucifixion (Barnabas McKyes)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-15).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-15).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 3 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Crucifixion
First Line: Behold, the Savior of mankind
Composer: Barnabas McKyes
Lyricist: Samuel Wesley, Sr.

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1798 in Social Harmony, pp. 49-51

Description: Words by Samuel Wesley, Sr., in four stanzas. McKyes used all four stanzas of Wesley's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree!
How vast the love that Him inclined
To bleed and die for thee!

2. Hark how he groans while nature shakes,
And earth's strong pillars bend!
The temple's veil in sunder breaks,
The solid marbles rend.


3. 'Tis done; the precious ransom's paid;
"Receive my soul!" He cries.
See where He bows His sacred head;
He bows His head and dies!

4 But soon He'll break death's envious chain,
And in full glory shine.
O Lamb of God, was ever pain,
Was ever love, like Thine?