1 Can I forget, can I forget
The place where Jesus died,
Where on the cross of Calvary
My Lord was crucified?
Can I forget his dying groans,
His agonizing pray’r?
O soul of mine, it was my sins
Which helped to nail him there.
O wonderful cross of Calvary!
Wonderful cross of Calvary!
My hope of salvation hangs on thee,
O wonderful, wonderful cross!
2 His lonely watch can I forget,
When, in his agony
There fell great drops of bloody sweat
In dark Gethsemane?
Betrayed and scourged, to slaughter led,
To cancel sin’s great debt;
O basest of ingratitude,
If ever I forget! [Refrain]
3 Can I forget? no, while I breathe,
His goodness I’ll proclaim;
Salvation for a ruined race
Thro’ Jesus’ precious name.
When I, a sinner saved by grace,
Before His throne shall be,
I’ll praise Him, and remember still
The cross of Calvary. [Refrain]
Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by."
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