223. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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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 death 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 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
Title: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Matthew 26:28; John 19:2; John 19:17-18; John 19:32-34; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 1:17-18; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 3:3-11; Hebrews 9:12-16; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:15-16
Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday7 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: HAMBURG
Composer: Lowell Mason (1824)
Meter: LM
Key: F Major or modal
Notes: (alternate tune: ROCKINGHAM, 224)


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This familiar text from the beginning of the 18th century grew out of Isaac Watts’s desire to give Christians the ability to sing about gospel events. It is set here to a very restrained tune from the early 19th century inspired by the patterns of Gregorian chant.


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