La cruz excelsa al contemplar

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1 La cruz excelsa al contemplar
Do Cristo allí por mí murió,
Nada se puede comparar
A las riquezas de su amor.

2 Yo no me quiero, Dios, gloriar
Mas que en la muerte del Señor.
Lo que más pueda ambicionar
Lo doy gozoso por su amor.

3 Ved en su rostro, manos, pies,
Las marcas vivas del dolor;
Es imposible comprender
Tal sufrimiento y tanto amor.

4 El mundo entero no será
Dádiva digna de ofrecer.
Amor tan grande, sin igual,
En cambio exige todo el ser.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13640

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Translator: W. T. T. Millham

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Text Information

First Line: La cruz excelsa al contemplar
English Title: When I survey the wondrous cross
Author: Isaac Watts
Translator: W. T. T. Millham
Language: Spanish
Copyright: Public Domain



Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone. HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…

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The Cyber Hymnal #13640
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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

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The Cyber Hymnal #13640

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