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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Hymns and Sacred Poems.
II. Touched with a Feeling of Our Infirmities
By Cecil Frances Alexander (1823–1895)
 
WHEN, wounded sore, the stricken soul
    Lies bleeding and unbound,
One only hand, a piercèd hand,
    Can salve the sinner’s wound.
 
When sorrow swells the laden breast,        5
    And tears of anguish flow,
One only heart, a broken heart,
    Can feel the sinner’s woe.
 
When penitence has wept in vain,
    Over some foul, dark spot,        10
One only stream, a stream of blood,
    Can wash away the blot.
 
Jesus, Thy blood can wash us white;
    Thy hand bring sure relief;
Thy heart is touched with all our joys,        15
    And feeleth for our grief.
 
Uplift Thy bleeding hand, O Lord,
    Unseal that cleansing tide;
We have no shelter from our sin
    But in Thy wounded side.        20
 
 
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