And Did My Savior Bleed
Isaac Watts was born July 17, 1674, at Southampton, England.
He was born into the home of “non-Conformists” in the days
when Dissenters and Independents were persecuted by the Church of
England. Fortunately this
intolerance lasted only a short while after his birth.
His father, twice jailed during the persecution, afterward
prospered in his business and was able to give his son the best kind of
Isaac entered the ministry and preached his first sermon at the
age of twenty-four. His utter lack of what is commonly known as
handsomeness was probably responsible for the fact that he remained
unmarried throughout his life. Yet
I’m sure this frail soul had learned the truth of the verse which
begins this meditation.
He wrote many scholarly papers that were used in several
institutions of higher learning. Yet one of the most memorable pieces that came from his pen
was a simple hymn, “Alas! and
Did My Savior Bleed.”
Fanny Crosby testified that this song helped her to find the
Savior when “believing” came most difficult.
—Lindsay I. Terry
Alas and Did
My Savior Bleed? 
Alas and did my Savior bleed?
did my Sov’reign die!
He devote that sacred head
such a worm as I?
Chorus Oh, come, sinner, you
Savior say, “Weep not for me,”
the Savior on the cross!
sinner, hear Him cry,
Eloi, Lama Sabacthani.”
Thus might I hide my blushing face,
His dear cross appears;
my heart in thankfulness,
melt mine eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay
debt of love I owe;
Lord, I give myself away,
all that I can do.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.