Change, Survival and Thanks: “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”
Another hymn of praise from Charles Wesley and Thomas Campbell is "And Can It Be That I Should Gain."
This hymn has a long title, and many of its fans know it as "And Can It Be." Stories say that many Wesley fans credit the hymn as the best hymn from the hymn maker. This is great acclaim since Wesley wrote approximately six thousand hymns in his lifetime.
Charles Wesley created this masterpiece in Little Britain in May 1738. At the time, Wesley writing this hymn amid significant spiritual and mental change. His diary entries revealed he was experiencing spiritual and mental struggles. Later, he experienced conversion. In this context, the hymn can be viewed as symbolic thanks and praise for God. The line, "My chains fell off, my heart was free/I rose, went forth, and followed thee" in the hymn is said to be a clue for the said event. The hymn draws inspiration from Psalm 145.
The two tunes for this hymn are Thomas Campbell 's "Sagina" (1825). A much recent tune, "Amazing Love" (2008), was from Scott Werdebaugh. The hymn is often used as a song of response in many Masses and enjoys a niche place, appearing in 241 hymnals.
Different versions of the hymn exist. There is a version with six stanzas with eight lines while a modern version only has five stanzas with the same number of lines. For some, the hymn is sung with only four stanzas. No matter the version, this hymn is the perfect response song or hymn in Mass.
This hymn also has a wide reach, considering this was the source song for "You Are My King (Amazing Love) by Chris Tomlin (2003). Tomlin's song won great acclaim and reached the no.1 spot on the Billboard Christian songs chart.