And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Source: Singing the Faith: 345
Words: Charles Wesley
Music: “Sagina” by Thomas Campbell
Metre: 88.88.88. extended
Written by Charles Wesley two days after his conversion experience in 1738. Two days later (and the day after John Wesley’s “Aldersgate experience”) they sang it together on May 25.
Alternative tune – Abingdon (StF 359)
See Brian Wren’s comments about his “revisioning” of Wesley’s hymn in his own text, “Great God, your love has called us here” (StF 499). In particular, it is worth exploring his suggestion that Wesley’s words gain fresh meaning by being sung to the tune “Abingdon”.
Martin Clarke, several of whose hymn tunes and arrangements are included in Singing the Faith, has written an academic account of this hymn for the Yale Journal of Music and Religion: “And can it be”: Analysing the Words, Music, andContexts of an Iconic Methodist Hymn. This can be accessed in full on the journal’s website – DOI: https://doi.org/10.17132/2377-231X.1023