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Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostle's Creed
by S.J. Stone, B.A.,
"I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also."

[Editor's note:  In the 1866 version of Lyra Fidelium  Scriptures  were placed beside  each verse in the twelve  hymns. The links on this page will allow you to move back and forth between each  hymn verse and its supporting Scriptures.]

“...suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.”
“Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.”
(Tune No. 178.)

MY Saviour!  I behold Thy life
Of not one smile and many tears;
I mark the spiritual strife,
Thy human woes, Thy human fears,
And cry, " Was ever grief like Thine,
Or debt of sin so vast as mine

I watch Thine agonizing hour,
I see Thee by Thine own betrayed,
Alone in Pilate's craven power,
And scourged and scornfully arrayed,
And cry, "Was ever grief like Thine
Or debt of sin so vast as mine?"

I Thee Thee fainting on Thy way,
Reviled and mocked of all the throng,
I hear the bitter words they say,
The abject's sneer, the drunkard's song,
And cry, 'Was ever grief like Thine,
Or debt of sin so vast as mine?'

That sin in every taunt I hear,
And see in every look of scorn;
It is the Cross which Thou dost bear,
The sharpness of Thy crown of thorn:
Dear Lord, 'Was ever grief like Thine,
Or debt of sin so vast as mine?'

My Saviour, I behold Thy death,
I hear Thy cries, Thy last words seven,
I see the scowling gaze beneath,
Above, the darkened face of Heaven,
And cry, 'Was ever grief like Thine,
Or debt of sin so vast as mine?'

My Saviour, I behold Thy grave
In that still garden's awful gloom,
I see Thee lying there to save
My soul from an eternal tomb,
And cry, 'Was ever grief like Thine,
Or debt of sin so vast as mine?'

And yet with all I hear and see
Of Death, or Passion of Thy life,
Sweet hopes are ministered to me
And voices fall with comfort rife,
That say, “Because He lived and died,
From sin thou canst be purified!” Amen.


        I believe that the Son of God was in His humanity subject to our infirmities: that He suffered in His body by external pains and in His Soul by temptations, fears, and anguish unspeakable: that He was delivered to death by Pontius Pilate, Procurator of Judea: that He endured agony and shame on the Cross to take off the curse due to us: That He did thereon in our nature truly die, so that His Soul was separated from His Body: and that His dead Body was laid in a new tomb.

"HE is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."
"The travail of His soul."
“In all points tempted like as we are."
“See if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow."
“Thou shalt make His Soul an offering for sin."
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"My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death."
"Judas, one of the twelve, he that betrayed Him."
"All the disciples forsook Him." - "The multitude led Him unto Pilate."
"Pilate took JESUS, and scourged Him." - "They put on Him a purple robe."
"Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners."
"With His stripes we are healed."
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"He bearing His Cross went forth."
"In Mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together."
"They gaped upon Me with their mouths."
"The abjects gathered themselves together." - "I was the song of the drunkard."
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"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities."
"The chastisement of our peace was upon Him."
"He suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust."
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"Crucified and slain."
St. Matt. xxvii. 46; St. Luke xxiii. 34, 43,46; St. John xix.26, 28, 30.
"They that passed by railed on Him."
"My God, My God! why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
"Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree."
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"Where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulchre."
"Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him."
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“...came to give His life a ransom for many."
“We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son."
“...through death to present you holy, and unblameable, and unreproveable."
“Peace through the Blood of His Cross."”
“Without shedding of Blood is no remission."
“Redeemed with the Blood of Christ."
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