Christ My Song - 465
Who touched me? - Luke 8,45
(Horatius Bonar (revised)/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
This is the revised version: "thou" became "you", and so on. Only one substantial change (for the sake of rhyme) occurs in 1,8. See the other version here.
Who touched me?
1. "Who touched me?" do you ask?
'Twas I, Lord, it was I.
"Some one has touched me;" yes, O Lord,
I am that "somebody."
I came, Lord, and I touched,
for sore I needed you;
forth from you straight the virtue came:
Lord, you have healed me too. (PDF - Midi)
2. And would you frown on me?
Do you the boon repent?
Why, then, Lord, did you pass so near,
as if to me just sent?
You, Lord, were passing by;
I knew all heaven was there;
a heaven of healing and of love
you did within you bear.
3. A heaven of grace and peace,
of pardon and of joy;
Lord, would you have me let you pass,
and all that heaven go by?
What could I do but touch,
and you so nigh, so nigh?
What could you do but heal, O Lord,
ere I had time to cry?
4. You were too near for prayer;
I touched at once, and found
the fulness of the heaven of heavens,
on this low earthly ground.
Speak then the word of cheer,
say to my trembling soul,
Be of good comfort, go in peace,
your faith has made you whole.
Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope III, 1878, 127-128 (revised).