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Up Calvary’s Mountain (Blessed Redeemer) – Hearty Hymns from A to Z

The words of traditional hymns, deftly penned in rhyme and meter, remind us of biblical truths that never change. Chicago poetess and hymn-writer Avis Marguerite Burgeson Christiansen (1895-1985) wrote these lines to fit a melody by Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965).

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!
Through years unnumbered on Heaven’s shore,
My tongue shall praise Him forevermore.

This “Blessed Redeemer” hymn is often confused with another song titled “Blessed Redeemer,” but with lyrics by Fanny Crosby set to a tune by Ira D. Sankey. 

Listen to Casting Crowns’ version of “Up Calvary’s Mountain (Blessed Redeemer)”:

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