1 By thy Cross, O Christ, and passion,
Thou hast brought us full salvation;
Thou hast stooped in great compassion
To redeem a lost creation.
Like a shepherd thou hast sought us
In thy heavenly fold to gather;
With thy precious Blood hast bought us
To restore us to the Father.
2 Ah, how blest is he who knoweth
That his faith on thee is founded
Whom the Father's love bestoweth
Through eternal grace unbounded.
Thou, O Christ, to every nation
Art a Saviour freely given,
In whose Name is our salvation,
And none else in earth or heaven.
Johan Olaf Wallin was born at Stora Tuna, in 1779, and early displayed his poetical powers. In 1805, and again in 1809, he gained the chief prize for poetry at Upsala. In the latter year he became pastor at Solna; here his ability as a preacher was so striking that he was transferred to Stockholm, in 1815, as "pastor primarius," a title for which we have no exact equivalent. In 1818 he was made Dean of Westeras, and set about the task of editing a revised hymn-book for the whole of Sweden. This task he completed in 1819, and published it as, Den Swenska Psalmboken, af Konungen gillad och stadfästad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recasting… Go to person page >
Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed SCHMÜCKE DICH for Franck's text and first published the tune as a setting for Franck's first stanza in Geistliche Kirchen-Melodien. The tune name is the incipit of the original German text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used this tune in his Cantata 180; he and many other…
Display Title: By thy Cross, O Christ, and passionFirst Line: By thy Cross, O Christ, and passionTune Title: SCHMUCKE DICHAuthor: Ernest Edwin Ryden, b. 1886; Johan Olof Wallin, 1779 - 1839; Ernst William Olson, 1870 - 1958Date: 1958Subject: The Life in Christ | Repentance and Faith