1 We sing the praise of him who died,
of him who died upon the cross;
the sinner's hope though all deride --
for this we count the world but loss.
2 Inscribed upon the cross we see
in shining letters, 'God is love';
he bears our sins upon the tree;
he brings us mercy from above.
3 The cross! it takes our guilt away;
and holds the fainting spirit up;
it cheers with hope the gloomy day,
and sweetens every bitter cup.
4 It makes the coward spirit brave,
and nerves the feeble arm for fight;
it takes its terror from the grave,
and gilds the bed of death with light.
5 The balm of life, the cure of woe,
the measure and the pledge of love,
the sinner's refuge here below,
the angels' theme in heaven above.
|First Line:||We sing the praise of him who died|
|Author:||Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)|
|Scripture:||1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 4:8-10; 1 Peter 2:21-24; Galatians 6:14; Isaiah 53:4-5; Revelation 5:11-14; Romans 5:1-11|
|Topic:||Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Passion and Death; Courage; Jesus: cross|
|Composer:||William Gardiner (1770-1853)|
|Source:||Sacred Melodies, 1815|