Behold the Lamb of God!

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Melody - "Ecce Agnus", from the Neues Gesangbuch, Dresden, 1593; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Matthew Bridges, 1848

Behold the Lamb of God!
Oh! Thou for sinners slain,
Let it not be in vain
That Thou hast died:
Thee for my Saviour let me take,
Thee, Thee alone, my Refuge make,
Thy pierced side!

2. Behold the Lamb!
Into the sacred flood
Of Thy most precious blood
My soul I cast.
Wash me and make me pure and clean,
Uphold me through life's changeful scene,
Till all be past!

3. Behold the Lamb!
Archangels, fold your wings,
Seraphs, hush all the strings
Of million lyres:
The Victim, veil'd on earth, in love,
Unveil'd, enthron'd ador'd above,
All heaven admires.

4. Behold the Lamb!
Drop down, ye glorious skies,
He dies, He dies, He dies,
For man once lost!
Yet, lo, He lives, He lives, He lives,
And to His Church Himself He gives,
Incarnate Host!

5. Behold the Lamb!
All hail, Eternal Word!
Thou Universal Lord.
Purge out our leaven;
Clothe us with godliness and good.
Feed us with Thy celestial food,
Manna from heaven!

6. Behold the Lamb!
Saints, wrapt in blissful rest,
Souls, waiting to be blest,
Oh! Lord, how long!
Thou Church on earth, o'erwhelm'd with fears.
Still in this vale of woe and tears
Swell the full song.

7. Behold the Lamb!
Worthy is He alone
Upon the iris throne
Of God above!
One with the Ancient of all days,
One with the Paraclete in praise,
All Light, all Love!

Altered version found in most hymnals:

Behold the Lamb of God!
O Thou for sinners slain,
Let it not be in vain
That Thou hast died!
Thee for my Saviour let me take,
My only refuge let me make
Thy pierced side.

2. Behold the Lamb of God!
Into the sacred flood
Of Thy most precious blood
My soul I cast.
Wash me and make me pure and clean,
Uphold me through life's changeful scene,
Till all be past.

3. Behold the Lamb of God!
All hail, incarnate Word!
Thou everlasting Lord,
Purge out our leaven;
Clothe us with godliness and good,
Feed us with Thy celestial food,
Manna from heaven.

4. Behold the Lamb of God!
Worthy is He alone
To sit upon the throne
Of God above,
One with the Ancient of all days,
One with the Paraclete in praise,
All Light, all Love!

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