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Beneath the Shade of the Cross

If you want pardon, if you want peace

Author: George P. Ewens
Tune: [If you want pardon, if you want peace] (Nickerson)
Published in 37 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 If you want pardon, if you want peace,
If you want sorrow and sighing to cease,
Look up to Jesus who died on the tree
To purchase a full salvation.

Living beneath the shade of the cross,
Counting the jewels of earth but dross,
Cleansed in the blood that flows from his side,
Enjoying a full salvation.

2 If you want Je sus to reign in your soul,
Plunge in the fountain and you shall be whole,
Washed in the blood of the crucified one;
Enjoying a full salvation.

3 If you want boldness, take part in the fight;
If you want purity, walk in the light;
If you want liberty, shout and be free;
Enjoying a full salvation.

4 If you want holiness, cling to the cross,
Counting the riches of earth as dross;
Down at his feet you’ll be cleansed and made free;
Enjoying a full salvation.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #427

Author: George P. Ewens

Ewens, George P. [or D.] (fl. 1880). An English major with the Salvation Army. Caroline L. Goodenough, High Lights on Hymnists (1931), quotes S.C. Gantlett of the British Salvation Army to the effect that Major Ewens was the author of "If you want pardon, if you want peace." In America, it first appears anonymously in an 1880 Salvation Army songbook, but in their 1953 songbook, Ewens is named as the author. Ewens' hymn has the refrain "Living beneath the shade of the cross." The hymn has been attributed to several other writers over the years, but each time with a different refrain so one can only conclude that Ewens wrote the basic hymn while others arranged it with different refrains. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If you want pardon, if you want peace
Title: Beneath the Shade of the Cross
Author: George P. Ewens
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Living beneath the shade of the cross
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

The Cyber Hymnal #8808


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #427

Include 35 pre-1979 instances
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