Dear Saviour, oh what ails this heart? (John Church)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-05-02).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Dear Saviour, oh what ails this heart
Composer: John Church
Lyricist: Anon

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1723
Description: An hymn upon Good Friday. Published in Church's Introduction to Psalmody.

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Original text and translations

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Dear Saviour, Oh what ails this heart?
Sure, 'tis of stone; it cannot smart
Nor yet relent the death of thee,
Whose death alone could ransom me.
Can I behold thy pains so great,
Thy dying sighs, thy bloody sweat,
Thy back with whips and scourges torn,
Thy sacred temples crowned with thorn,
Thy hands and feet nailed to the wood
And all thy body drowned in blood?
Canst thou pour forth such streams for me,
And I not drop one tear for thee?