I Saw the Cross of Jesus

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1 I saw the cross of Jesus,
when burdened with my sin;
I sought the cross of Jesus,
to give me peace within;
I brought my soul to Jesus,
He cleansed it in His blood;
and in the cross of Jesus
I found my peace with God.

2 I love the cross of Jesus,
It tells me what I am -
a vile and guilty creature,
saved only through the Lamb;
no righteousness nor merit,
no beauty can I plead;
yet in the cross I glory,
my title there I read.

3 I trust the cross of Jesus,
in every trying hour,
my sure and certain refuge,
my never-failing tower;
in every fear and conflict,
I more than conqueror am;
living, I'm safe, or dying,
through Christ, the risen Lamb.

4 Safe in the cross of Jesus!
There let my weary heart
still rest in peace unshaken,
till with Him, ne'er to part;
and then in strains of glory
I'll sing His wondrous power,
where sin can never enter,
and death is known no more.

Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #167

Author: Frederick Whitfield

Whitfield, Frederick, B.A., son of H. Whitfield, was born at Threapwood, Shropshire, Jan. 7, 1829, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he took his B.A. in 1859. On taking Holy Orders, he was successively curate of Otley, vicar of Kirby-Ravensworth, senior curate of Greenwich, and Vicar of Stanza John's, Bexley. In 1875 he was preferred to St. Mary's, Hastings. Mr. Whitfield's works in prose and verse number upwards of thirty, including Spiritual unfolding from the Word of Life; Voices from the Valley Testifying of Jesus; The Word Unveiled; Gleanings from Scripture, &c. Several of his hymns appeared in his Sacred Poems and Prose, 1861, 2nd Series, 1864; The Casket, and Quiet Hours in the Sanctuary. The hymn by which he is most wid… Go to person page >

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First Line: I saw the cross of Jesus
Title: I Saw the Cross of Jesus
Author: Frederick Whitfield
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Said to be a "Greek Air," CALCUTTA was one of the popular national tunes used by Dublin's Thomas Moore (1779-1852) in his Sacred Songs (1816). Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) adapted it for congregational singing and published it in his Church Hymns with Tunes (1874). [The tune was earlier adapted for c…

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #286
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The Cyber Hymnal #1092
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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #286

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