Isaac Watts’s beloved Lenten text “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” is the inspiration for this profoundly moving anthem. It opens gently and prayerfully, in a quiet unison. The choral texture thickens with each verse, underscored by an accompaniment of increasing drama. A final dramatic modulation affirms the debt of love that sinners owe to Christ, their Savior. An optional soaring violin obbligato adds a special touch.