Jeremy Glaser has fashioned the hymn tunes ST. CRISPIN by George J. Elvey and MARTYRDOM by Hugh Wilson into a piano solo for the intermediate player. It is very much in the style of the classical period of the early nineteenth century.
The main tune, ST. CRISPIN (God loved the world so that he gave...) appears first in a simple setting, is repeated, and then gives way to a fanfare interlude. The main tune then reappears in a more stately setting. MARTYRDOM (Alas! and did my Savior bleed...) is then played in the bass, with an obbligato in the treble. The original setting of the main tune, the fanfare, and the more stately setting of the main tune are then repeated to complete the piece.
Because of the repeats, it is easy to adjust the piece to fit the allotted time in a concert, recital, or worship service.
God loved the world so that He gave
His only Son the lost to save,
That all who would in Him believe
Should everlasting life receive.
Christ Jesus is the Ground of faith
Who was made flesh and suffered death;
All that confide in Him alone
Are built on this chief Cornerstone.
God would not have the sinner die,
His Son with saving grace is nigh;
His Spirit in the Word doth teach
How man the blessèd goal may reach.
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
and did my Sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
for sinners such as I?
If thou be sick, if death draw near,
This truth thy troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Jesus saves my soul from death;
That is the firmest ground of faith.
Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To Thee, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise now and eternally!