O teach me, Lord, its meaning

O teach me, Lord, its meaning,
that cross uplifted high,
with one, the Man of sorrows,
condemned to bleed and die!
O teach me what it cost you
to make a sinner whole;
and teach me, Saviour, teach me
the value of a soul.

2. O teach me, Lord, its meaning,
that sacred, crimson tide,
the blood and water flowing
from your own wounded side.
Teach me that if no other
had sinned, but I alone,
yet still your blood, Lord Jesus,
yours only, must atone.

3. O teach me, Lord, its meaning,
your love beyond compare,
the love that reaches deeper
than depths of self-despair!
Yes, teach me, till there’s glowing
in this cold heart of mine
some feeble, pale reflection
of purest love divine.

4. O teach me, Lord, its meaning,
for I am full of sin,
and grace alone can reach me,
and love alone can win.
O teach me, for I need you,
I have no hope beside:
the chief of all the sinners
for whom the Saviour died!

5. O infinite Redeemer!
I bring no other plea;
because your word invites me
my Saviour you shall be;
because, Lord, you accept me
I love and I adore;
because your love compels me,
I’ll praise you evermore!

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