When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, the Song and the Story

Composer Isaac Watts Writes When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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The words of Isaac Watts in his song, (1674-1748)When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, are some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking of all hymns. This, along with Watts' other hymns (see: History of Hymns ) so moved the leaders of the 18th century Church of England that a decision was made to deviate from the acceptable church music norm in order to incorporate the beauty of his words and melodies.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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.

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.

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?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

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.

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)

Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen



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