Scripture Verse

Pilate said to them, Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah? All of them said, Let Him be crucified! Matthew 27:22


Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1857), pag­es 207–08.

Music: De­witt Uz­zi­ah C. Bur­nap, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Uzziah C. Burnap (1834–1900)


I see the crowd in Pi­late’s hall,
I mark their wrath­ful mien;
Their shouts of cru­ci­fy ap­pall,
With blas­phe­my between.

And of that shout­ing mul­ti­tude
I feel that I am one;
And in that din of voic­es rude,
I re­cog­nize my own.

I see the scourg­es tear His back,
I see the pierc­ing crown,
And of that crowd who smite and mock,
I feel that I am one.

Around yon cross, the throng I see,
Mocking the suf­fer­er’s groan,
Yet still my voice it seems to be—
As if I mocked alone.

’Twas I that shed the sac­red blood,
I nailed Him to the tree,
I cru­ci­fied the Christ of God,
I joined the mock­ery.

Yet not the less that blood avails,
To cleanse away my sin,
And not the less that cross pre­vails
To give me peace with­in.