At the Cross (Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed) - Lent / Easter / Communion Hymn Piano Solo

Hymn Tune "Hudson"

Adapted by Ralph E. Hudson
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Isaac Watts
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Classical music
Solo instrument (Piano)
Instrumental parts
Not available

This arrangement is a transcription of my 2012 recording of the Ralph Hudson version of "At the Cross" (Alas! And Did my Savior Bleed), hymn tune "Hudson." Mr. Hudson added the "At the Cross" chorus to Isaac Watts’ lyrics to create this version of the song. An alternate tune ("Martyrdom" or "Avon" by Hugh Wilson) without the chorus also appears in many modern hymn collections, and a wide variety of tunes have been used with Watts’ text since its publication more than 300 years ago.

Although written as a piano solo or vocal solo with piano accompaniment, this arrangement can also work for congregational singing.

My performance of this arrangement is available on youtube at, or visit my youtube channel,, for this and other songs.

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