213. In the Cross of Christ I Glory

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1 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

2 When the woes of life o’er-take me,
hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
never shall the cross forsake me;
lo, it glows with peace and joy.

3 When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way,
from the cross the radiance streaming
adds more luster to the day.

4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
by the cross are sanctified;
peace is there that knows no measure,
joys that through all time abide.

5 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

Text Information
First Line: In the cross of Christ I glory
Title: In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Author: John Bowring (1825)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Scripture: Isaiah 35:10; Luke 14:27; John 16:33; John 19:17-18; 1 Corinthians 1:17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:31; Galatians 6:14; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 2:24
Topic: Assurance; Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday6 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: RATHBUN
Composer: Ithamar Conkey (1849)
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Key: B♭ Major


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Like Isaac Watts’s “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (nos. 223, 224), this hymn is a reflection on Galatians 6:14, but this text is more abstract and devotes no attention to the person hanging on the cross. The tune is named for a soloist in the composer’s Connecticut choir.


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