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“Blessed Redeemer” as a Harp and Violin duet
With full respect given to Avis M. Christiansen, 1920; she wrote the words at the respect of Harry Loes, who had written the tune.
Up Calvary’s mountain, one dreadful morn,
Walked Christ my Savior, weary and worn;
Facing for sinners death on the cross,
That He might save them from endless loss.
Blessed Redeemer! Precious Redeemer!
Seems now I see Him on Calvary’s tree;
Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading,
Blind and unheeding, dying for me!
“Father forgive them,” thus did He pray,
E’en while His lifeblood flowed fast away.
Praying for sinners while in such woe,
No one but Jesus ever loved so!
O how I love Him, Savior and Friend!
How can my praises ever find end?
Thro’ years unnumbered on heaven’s shore,
My tongue shall praise Him forevermore.
In the hymn “Blessed Redeemer,” however, the tune was written before the words. Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965), a music student in Chicago, was so inspired by a sermon he heard entitled “Blessed Redeemer” that he wrote a melody he thought would be appropriate for a hymn of the same name. Loes then sent his tune to his friend Avis Christiansen(1895-1985), who composed the text for “Blessed Redeemer.”