Lift High the Cross

Composer (refrain): George William Kitchin, 1827-1912

George Kitchin Birth: December 7, 1827, Naughton, Suffolk, England Death: October 13, 1912, Durham, England George William Kitchin wrote "Lift High the Cross" in 1887. Kitchin was born to a minister in Naughton, Suffolk, England. He attended King's College School and King's College. Later, he attended Christ Church College in Oxford, England, where he took a Double First in Classics and Mathematics in 1850. In 1854, Kitchin was an examiner in Mathematics. He married in 1863, and then served as Oxford's first Censor of non-collegiate students from 1868 to 1883. In 1883 he became Dean of Winchester, and he went on to become the Dean of Durham in 1894. Four years before his death, in 1908, he was appointed as Chancellor of D… Go to person page >

Composer (st. 1-5): Shirley Erena Murray, 1931-

SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY (b. 1931) is a hymn text writer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1931. Her texts have appeared in more than 100 collections worldwide and have been translated into several languages. She has been an editor with the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust and received international acclaim for her writing, including being made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2006) and becoming a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (2001) for services to the community through hymn writing. She is the first citizen to be so honored. Most recently, she has been honored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its July 2009 annual conference by being named a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her contributions as a hymn… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!
Title: Lift High the Cross
Composer (refrain): George William Kitchin, 1827-1912
Composer (st. 1-5): Shirley Erena Murray, 1931- (alt.)
Meter: 10.10 with refrain
Refrain First Line: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Publication Date: 1998
Copyright: Ref. © Hope Publishing Co.; Stanza 1-5 © Shirley Erena Murray


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