29 August, 2010

Teach me, Savior

We sang this song in church today. emphasis added is mine, on the parts that really struck me. Let your heart hear what this says, and reflect on the grace of God...

O teach me what it meaneth,
That cross uplifted high,
With One, the Man of Sorrows,
Condemned to bleed and die!
O teach me what it cost Thee
To make a sinner whole;
And teach me, Savior, teach me
The value of a soul!

O teach me what it meaneth,
That sacred crimson tide,
The blood and water flowing
From Thine own wounded side.
Teach me that if none other
Had sinned, but I alone,
Yet still Thy blood, Lord Jesus,
Thine only, must atone.

O teach me what it meaneth,
Thy love beyond compare,
The love that reacheth deeper
Than depths of self-despair!
Yes, teach me, till there gloweth
In this cold heart of mine
Some feeble, pale reflection
Of that pure love of Thine.

O teach me what it meaneth,
For I am full of sin,
And grace alone can reach me,
And love alone can win.
O teach me, for I need Thee,
I have no hope beside—
The chief of all the sinners
For whom the Savior died!

O teach me what it meaneth
The rest which Thou dost give
To all the heavy-laden
Who look to Thee and live.
Because I am a rebel
Thy pardon I receive
Because Thou dost command me,
I can, I do believe.

O infinite Redeemer!
I bring no other plea;
Because Thou dost invite me
I cast myself on Thee.
Because Thou dost accept me
I love and I adore;
Because Thy love constraineth,
I’ll praise Thee evermore!

Words by Lucy Bennet, 1908

Music by Hans Hassler, 1601


  1. Where is that hymn to be found? It has wonderful words. I memorized it for a Sunday School program when I was about 9 years old, but have never seen it in a hymn book?

    P.S. I see Sarah left her accoung on my computer. This is Pat

  2. We were singing from the big red book this morning. Sorry that right now I don't remember numbers or anything like that. I found the full words on this website: