147a. 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 as loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ my God:
the very 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:
when did such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering 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: I. Watts (1674-1748)
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (LM)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God, Saviour: Suffering and Dying; Lent 5, The King and the Kingdom: The Victory of the Cross; Pentecost 18: The Offering of Life
Tune Information
Adapter: E. Miller (1735-1807)
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (LM)
Notes: Alternative tune: O WALY WALY (147b)

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