1 Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock
within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat,
and the burden of the day.
2 Upon the cross of Jesus
mine eye at times can see
the very dying form of One
who suffered there for me;
and from my stricken heart with tears
two wonders I confess:
the wonders of redeeming love
and my unworthiness.
3 I take, O cross, thy shadow
for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by,
to know no gain or loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.
|First Line:||Beneath the cross of Jesus|
|Title:||Beneath the Cross of Jesus|
|Author:||Elizabeth Cecilia Douglas Clephane (1868, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 4:6; Isaiah 25:4-5; Isaiah 32:2; Luke 9:23; John 19:25; 1 Corinthians 1:17-18; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 3:3-11|
|Topic:||Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday(4 more...)|
|Composer:||Frederick Charles Maker (1881)|
For sheer intensity of feeling few hymns can match this meditation on the cross; impressive images and strong contrasts combine to give the text its ardor. The passionate language is augmented by the highly chromatic tune later composed for these words.
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