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Hymn 119

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 114 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 First Line: Christ and his cross is all our theme Lyrics: Christ and his cross is all our theme; The myst'ries that we speak Are scandal in the Jew's esteem, And folly to the Greek. But souls enlightened from above With joy receive the word; They see what wisdom, power, and love Shine in their dying Lord. The vital savor of his name Restores their fainting breath; But unbelief perverts the same To guilt, despair, and death. Till God diffuse his graces down, Like showers of heav'nly rain, In vain Apollos sows the ground, And Paul may plant in vain.
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Lift High the Cross

Author: George W. Kitchin, 1827-1912; Michael R. Newbolt, 1874-1956 Meter: 10.10 with refrain Appears in 78 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 First Line: Come, Christians, follow where the Master trod Refrain First Line: Lift high the cross the love of Christ proclaim Lyrics: Refrain: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. 1 Come, Christians, follow where the Master trod, our King victorious, Christ, the Son of God. (Refrain) 2 Led on their way by this triumphant sign, the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine. (Refrain) 3 Each newborn foll'wer of the Crucified bears on the brow the seal of him who died. (Refrain) 4 O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree, your death has bought us life eternally. (Refrain) 5 So shall our song of triumph ever be: praise to the Crucified for victory! (Refrain) Topics: Seasons and Feasts Triumph of the Cross Used With Tune: CRUCIFER
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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Author: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 1,771 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Lyrics: 1 When I survey the wondrous cross where the young 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 cross 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 an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all. Topics: Discipleship; Holy Week (Good Friday); Praise of God; Sunday of the Passion Used With Tune: ROCKINGHAM
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Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart

Author: Mary Elizabeth Byrne (188-1931); Eleanor Henrietta Hull (1860-1935) Meter: 10.10.10.10 irregular Appears in 132 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:24 Lyrics: 1 Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art; thou my best thought, in the day or the night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. 2 Be thou my Wisdom, be thou my true Word; I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord; thou my great Father: thine own I would be; thou in me dwelling, and I one with Thee. 3 Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight; be thou my dignity, thou my delight, thou my soul's shelter, and thou my high tower: raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power. 4 Riches I heed not, nor earth's empty praise, thou mine inheritance, now and always: thou, and thou only, the first in my heart, High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art. 5 High King of Heaven, after victory won, may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. Topics: Life in Christ Christ Risen - Reign and Priesthood; Conflict; God Protection of; God names and imags of; Heaven Used With Tune: SLANE Text Sources: Irish, 8th century
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At the Cross

Author: Isaac Watts; Ralph E. Hudson Meter: 8.6.8.6 with refrain Appears in 2,053 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 First Line: Alas! and did my Savior bleed Refrain First Line: At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light Lyrics: 1 Alas! and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die? Would he devote that sacred head for sinners such as I? [Refrain:] At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day! 2 Was it for crimes that I have done, he groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree! (Refrain) 3 Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut its glories in, when Christ, the mighty Maker, died for his own creature's sin. (Refrain) 4 Thus might I hide my blushing face while his dear cross appears, dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes to tears. (Refrain) 5 But drops of tears can ne'er repay the debt of love I owe; here, Lord, I give myself away-- 'tis all that I can do! (Refrain) Used With Tune: HUDSON
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Here hangs a man discarded

Author: Brian Arthur Wren, 1936- Meter: 7.6.7.6 Appears in 6 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Lyrics: 1 Here hangs a man discarded, a scarecrow hoisted high, a nonsense pointing nowhere to all who hurry by. 2 Can such a clown of sorrows still bring a useful word when faith and love seem phantoms and every hope absurd? 3 Can he give help or comfort to lives by comfort bound, where drums of dazzling progress give strangely hollow sound? 4 Life emptied of all meaning, drained out in bleak distress, can share in broken silence our deepest emptiness; 5 and love that freely entered the pit of life's despair can name our hidden darkness and suffer with us there. 6 Christ, in our darkness risen, help all who long for light to hold the hand of promise, and walk into the night. Topics: Comfort; Doubt; God's Love to Us; Jesus Christ Friend and Companion; Jesus Christ Humanity; Jesus Christ Incarnation; Jesus Christ Passion and Cross; Suffering Used With Tune: SHURB END
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In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Author: John Bowring Meter: 8.7.8.7 Appears in 1,352 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 Lyrics: 1 In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o'er the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime. 2 When the woes of life o'ertake me, hopes deceive and fears annoy, never shall the cross forsake me; lo! it glows with peace and joy. 3 When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, from the cross the radiance, streaming, adds more luster to the day. 4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified; peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide. Topics: Cross of Christ; Redemption; Atonement; Cross of Christ; Redemption Used With Tune: RATHBUN
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The Old Rugged Cross

Author: George Bennard Meter: Irregular with refrain Appears in 299 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 First Line: On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross Refrain First Line: So I'll cherish the old rugged cross Lyrics: 1 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain. Refrain: So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown. 2 O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, has a wondrous attraction for me; for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above to bear it to dark Calvary. [Refrain] 3 In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see, for 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me. [Refrain] 4 To that old rugged cross I will ever be true, its shame and reproach gladly bear; then he'll call me some day to my home far away, where his glory forever I'll share. [Refrain] Topics: Jesus Christ Blood; Jesus Christ Atonement; Hope; New Heaven and a New Earth Death and Eternal Life; Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace Prayer, Trust, Hope; Jesus Christ Cross Used With Tune: THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
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Nature with Open Volume Stands

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 139 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:24 Lyrics: 1 Nature with open volume stands to spread her Maker's praise abroad; and ev'ry labor of his hands shows something worthy of a God. 2 But in the grace that saved the world his brightest form of glory shines; see on the cross the tale unfold, in precious blood, and crimson lines. 3 Here his whole name appears complete, nor wit can guess, nor reason prove, which of the letters best is writ, the power, the wisdom, or the love. 4 O the sweet wonders of that cross where Christ my Savior loved and died! Her noblest life my spirit draws from his dear wounds and bleeding side. 5 I would forever speak his name in sounds to mortal ears unknown, with angels join to praise the Lamb, and worship at his Father's throne. Topics: Jesus Christ Passion and Cross Used With Tune: GERMANY
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Hymn 98

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 6.6.8.6 Appears in 137 hymnals Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:30 First Line: How heavy is the night Lyrics: How heavy is the night That hangs upon our eyes, Till Christ with his reviving light Over our souls arise! Our guilty spirits dread To meet the wrath of Heav'n; But, in his righteousness arrayed, We see our sins forgiv'n. Unholy and impure Are all our thoughts and ways; His hands infected nature cure With sanctifying grace. The powers of hell agree To hold our souls in vain; He sets the sons of bondage free, And breaks the cursed chain Lord, we adore thy ways To bring us near to God; Thy sovereign power, thy healing grace, And thine atoning blood.

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