224. 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
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Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday (7 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ROCKINGHAM
Harmonizer: Edward Miller (1790)
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Source: Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature, 1783
Notes: (alternate tune: HAMBURG, 223)


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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.


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