When once I mourned a load of sin;
When conscience felt a wound within;
When all my works were thrown away;
When on my knees I knelt to pray:
Then, blissful hour! remembered well,
I learned Thy love, IMMANUEL.
When storms of sorrow toss my soul,
When waves of care around me roll,
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me;
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell:
That word, Thy Name, IMMANUEL.
When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar;
When Satan stops my path before;
When foes rejoice and wait my end,
When legioned hosts their arrows send;
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle cry: IMMANUEL.
When tears are banished from my eye;
When fairer worlds than these are nigh;
When heav’n shall fill my ravished sight;
When I shall rest in sweet delight;
One joy all joys shall far excel:
To see Thy face, IMMANUEL.
Eric Paździora is a composer whose music has been performed and published around the world. Reviewers have described his
compositions as “fresh, exciting, and well-crafted” (Pastoral Music) and “an instant classic” (Global Christian Worship). He holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Maryland.