1 There is a dear and hallowed spot
Oft present to my eye;
By saints it ne'er can be forgot;
That place is Calvary.
2 Oh, what a scene was there displayed
Of love and agony,
When our Redeemer bowed His head
And died on Calvary!
3 When fainting under guilt's dread load,
Unto the cross I'll fly;
And trust the merit of that blood
Which flowed at Calvary.
4 Whene'er I feel temptation's power,
On Jesus I'll rely;
And, in the sharp, conflicting hour,
Repair to Calvary.
5 When seated at the feast of love,
Then will I fix mine eye
On Him who intercedes above,
Who bled on Calvary.
6 When the dark scene of death, the last
Momentous hour, draws nigh,
Then, with my dying eyes, I'll cast
A look on Calvary.
Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #246
There is a [dear and] sacred, hallowed spot. [Good Friday.] This hymn on Calvary appeared in the Youth's Magazine, 1812, p. 103, with the signature Anne. In his Notes to the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal of 1876, Mr. Thin says that the author was Ann Martin, wife of Isaac Taylor, senr., of Ongar, b. 1758, d. 1830. We have failed to gain a corroboration of this statement from the Taylor family.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)