Scripture Verse

The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5


Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Songs for the Wil­der­ness 1843. This is be­lieved to be Bo­nar’s first hymn. He lat­er apo­lo­gized for it, say­ing, It might be good Gos­pel, but it is not good po­et­ry.

Music: Gib­bons Ed­mund Sed­ding, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Sed­ding (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I lay my sins on Je­sus,
The spot­less Lamb of God;
He bears them all, and frees us
From the ac­curs­èd load;
I bring my guilt to Je­sus,
To wash my crim­son stains
White in His blood most pre­cious,
Till not a stain re­mains.

I lay my wants on Je­sus;
All full­ness dwells in Him;
He heals all my dis­eas­es,
He doth my soul re­deem:
I lay my griefs on Je­sus,
My bur­dens and my cares;
He from them all re­leas­es,
He all my sor­rows shares.

I rest my soul on Je­sus,
This wea­ry soul of mine;
His right hand me em­brac­es,
I on His breast re­cline.
I love the name of Je­sus,
Immanuel, Christ, the Lord;
Like frag­rance on the breez­es
His name abroad is poured.

I long to be like Je­sus,
Meek, lov­ing, low­ly, mild;
I long to be like Je­sus,
The Fa­ther’s ho­ly child:
I long to be with Je­sus,
Amid the hea­ven­ly throng,
To sing with saints His prais­es,
To learn the an­gels’ song.