Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

This hymn is a translation (by John Wesley, no less) of a poem written by Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf, who led the Moravians in their early missionary work. He lived from 1700-1760, and so was contemporary with Wesley (1703-1791). The tune is also old, coming from William Gardiner's Sacred Melodies, published in 1815.

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
    My beauty are, my glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
    With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand in Thy great day,
    For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am
    From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

Lord, I believe Thy precious blood,
    Which at the mercy-seat of God
Forever doth for sinners plead,
    For me, e'en for my soul, was shed.

Lord, I believe were sinners more
    Than sands upon the ocean shore
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
    For all a full atonement made. 


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