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Legible, audible sheet music. Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), 1738
Tune: SAGINA by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), 1825 
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)

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And Can It Be That I Should Gain?

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), 1738

Tune: SAGINA by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), 1825

Key signature: G major (1 sharp)

Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8. with refrain

Public Domain

Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words

1. And can it be that I should gain An interest in the Savior’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain—For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2. ‘Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. ‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more. ‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more.

3. He left His Father’s throne above So free, so infinite His grace— Humbled Himself and came in love, And bled for Adam’s helpless race: ‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, For O my God, it found out me! ‘Tis mercy all, 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; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee. My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

5. Still the small inward voice I hear, That whispers all my sins forgiven; Still the atoning blood is near, That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven. I feel the life His wounds impart; I feel the Savior in my heart. I feel the life His wounds impart; I feel the Savior in my heart.

6. 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 th’eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own. Bold I approach th’eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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