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57. The Shadow of the Cross

1 God forbid that I should glory
In the work of human hands,
I will only trust the shadow
Where the Cross of Jesus stands.

In the shadow of the cross,
In the shadow of the cross,
I will only trust for shelter,
In the shadow of the cross.

2 In a thirsty land and weary
Stands a Great Rock, firm, secure,
From its shadow flows a fountain
Full of healing waters pure. [Chorus]

3 All for me that Rock was broken,
All for me its waters flowed,
All for me the cross was lifted,
All for me Christ shed His blood. [Chorus]

Text Information
First Line: God forbid that I should glory
Title: The Shadow of the Cross
Author: Mrs. L. M. Beal Bateman
Refrain First Line: In the shadow of the cross
Language: English
Publication Date: 1890
Tune Information
Name: [God forbid that I should glory]
Composer: J. H. Rosecrans


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