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.
|First Line:||When I survey the wondrous cross|
|Title:||When I Survey the Wondrous Cross|
|Author:||Isaac Watts (1707)|
|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...|
|Harmonizer:||Edward Miller (1790)|
|Source:||Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature, 1783|
|Notes:||(alternate tune: HAMBURG, 223)|
This carefully crafted text from the beginning of the 18th century conveys much the same intensity and vividness as a miniature painting of Christ’s crucifixion, and this lyrical and dignified tune reinforces the sense that time stands still while we share such meditation.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|