And Can It Be Lyrics
Charles Wesley (1707-68)
1 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 you, my God, should die for me?
2 What mystery here! the Immortal dies;
who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
Such mercy this! let earth adore;
let angel minds enquire no more.
3 He left his Father’s throne above
so free, so infinite his grace
emptied himself in all his love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
What mercy this, immense and free,
for, O my God, it found out me!
4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature’s night:
your sunrise turned that night to day;
I woke the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my heart was new;
I rose, went out and followed you!
5 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.
And Can It Be That I Should Gain Hymn Story
Charles Wesley is the composer of this hymn, “And Can It Be”. He is reported to have authored this hymn in 1738.
It is said that he wrote this hymn as a celebration of his conversion.
A salvation that was only made possible by the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that the song celebrates.
Through this salvation that is freely given by our Lord we are “clothed in righteousness divine” and boldly we approach the eternal throne.
Charles Wesley and his brother John were the founders of the Methodist Church.
In spite of their differing temperaments, the brothers did many things together.
They published hymns together, such that it is sometimes difficult to know the real composer of their hymns.
When they were at Oxford, they formed the “Holy Club” and earned the name of “Methodist” there. It is from this that we now have the Methodist Church.
It was while they were in London that they each found the experience that brought them peace with God.
The brothers would later author thousands of hymns.
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