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Back to the cross I go again

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1 Back to the Cross I go again,
So oft as I have sinned,
To sing again the glad refrain,
That Jesus is my Friend:
Hard by the Cross, where not a soul
Has ever been cast out,
I prostrate fall, confessing all,
And banish ev'ry doubt.

2 Back to the Cross my prayer and praise
At early dawn I bring,
And there His grace in joyful lays
My heart in peace shall sing:
Hard by the Cross at eventide,
When all my work is done,
Secure I hide in His cleft side
My failures ev'ry one.

3 Back to the Cross, where open arms
Receive my troubled heart,
And where no harms or dire alarms,
Their cares to me impart;
Hard by the Cross let me recline,
And rest, O Christ, on this:
That Thou art mine and I am Thine--
Thy will is, me to bless.

4 Back to the Cross in haste I go
With each returning day:
For well I know, His blood doth flow
To wash my sin away:
Hard by the Cross each day I rest,
And learn at Jesus' feet
My King's behest,--till with the blest
In their sweet home I meet.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #186

Author: Henry Albert Becker

Henry A. Becker was born on Ap­ril 30, 1841 in Ma­hon­ing Coun­ty, Ohio. He graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and completed his theological studies there in 1866. He was ordained by the Joint Synod of Ohio and pastored churches at St. Paris, Thornville and Delaware, Ohio. He wrote many poems and hymns and also edited the Lutheran Child’s Paper for nearly 10 years and contributed articles to the Lutheran Standard. He died on August 21, 1884. NN, Hymnary editor. Source:  Go to person page >

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First Line: Back to the cross I go again
Author: Henry Albert Becker
Copyright: Public Domain




ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a…

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