Who hath our report believed

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This is an hymn by an anonymous author, probably English, before 1782. Text is a free adaptation of Isaiah 53:1-6. Meter is 887. 887.

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Andrew Law. Collection of Hymn Tunes, 1782

1. Who hath our report believed?
Shiloh come is not received,
Not received by his own,
Promised branch from root of Jesse,
David's offspring sent to bless ye,
Comes too meekly, too meekly to be known.

2. Tell me, O thou favored nation,
What is thy fond expectation?
Some fair spreading lofty tree?
Let not worldly pride confound thee,
Among the lowly plants around thee,
Mark the lowest, that is he.

3. Lo! Messiah unrespected,
Man of griefs despised, rejected,
Wounds his form disfiguring;
Marred his visage more than any,
For he bears the sins of many,
All our sorrows carrying.

4. No deceit his mouth had spoken,
Blameless he no laws had broken,
Yet was numbered with the worst;
For because the Lord would grieve him,
We who saw it did believe him,
For his own offenses cursed.

5. But while him our thoughts accused
He for us alone was bruised,
Stricken, smitten for our guilt,
With his stripes our wounds are cured,
By his pains our peace allured,
Purchased with the blood he spilled.

6. Blessed be the power who gave us,
Freely gave his son to save us,
Blessed the Son who freely came;
Honor, blessing, adoration,
Ever, from the whole creation,
Be to God and to the Lamb.

 

Willcox, Psalms and Hymns, London, 1828

1. Who hath our report believed?
Shiloh come is not received,
Not received by his own:
Promised branch from root of Jesse,
David’s offspring, sent to bless you,
Comes too lowly to be known.

2. Tell me, O thou favored nation,
What is thy fond expectation,
Some fair spreading lofty tree?
Let not worldly pride confound thee:
Among the lowly plants around thee,
Mark the lowest, that is He.

3. Like a tender plant, that’s growing
Where no waters friendly flowing,
No kind rains refresh the ground;
Drooping, dying, ye shall view him,
See no charms to draw you to him;
There no beauty will be found.

4. Lo! Messiah, unrespected!
Man of griefs, despised, rejected!
Wounds his form disfiguring;
Marred his visage more than any;
For he bears the sins of many,
All our sorrows carrying.

5. No deceit his mouth hath spoken;
Blameless, he no law had broken,
Yet was numbered with the worst :
For, because the Lord would grieve him,
Ye, who saw it, did believe him,
For his own offenses cursed.

6. But, while him your thoughts accused,
He for us alone was bruised;
Yea, for us the victim bled!
With his stripes our wounds are cured;
By his pains our peace secured,
Purchased with the blood be shed.

7. Love amazing, so to mind us!
Shepherd come from heaven to find us,
Wandering sheep, all gone astray;
Lost, undone by our transgressions,
Worse than stripped of all possessions,
Debtors without hope to pay.

8. Death our portion, slaves in spirit,
He redeemed us by his merit,
To a glorious liberty.
Dearly first his goodness bought us,
Truth and love then sweetly taught us,
Truth and love have made us free.

9. Glory be to him who gave us,
Freely gave, his Son to save us;
Glory to the Son who came:
Honor, blessing, adoration,
Ever, from the whole creation,
Be to God, and to the Lamb.

 

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