157a. When I survey the wondrous cross

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the cross of Christ my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown!

4 His dying crimson, like a robe,
spreads o'er his body on the tree:
then am I dead to all the globe,
and all the globe is dead to me.

5 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

Text Information
First Line: When I survey the wondrous cross
Author: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ;
Topic: Children and All-Age Worship; Church year: Passiontide; Church Year: Good Friday (6 more...)
Tune Information
Adapter: Edward Miller (1731-1807)
Arranger (last stanza): George Guest (1924-2002)
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Source: Melody Tunbridge from A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature, c. 1780
Copyright: Adaptation: © The Estate of George Guest

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