Never Further than Thy Cross

Never further than thy cross

Author: Elizabeth Rundle Charles (1860)
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1 Never further than thy cross,
never higher than thy feet!
Here earth’s precious things seem dross,
here earth’s bitter things grow sweet.

2 Gazing thus, our sin we see,
learn thy love while gazing thus--
sin, which laid the cross on thee,
love which bore the cross for us.

3 Here we learn to serve and give,
and, rejoicing, self deny;
here we gather love to live,
here we gather faith to die.

4 Symbols of our liberty
and our service here unite;
captives, by thy cross set free,
soldiers of thy cross, we fight.

5 Pressing onward as we can,
still to this our hearts must tend,
where our earliest hopes began,
there our last aspirings end,

6 till amid the hosts of heaven,
we, in thee redeemed, complete,
through thy cross all sins forgiven,
cast our crowns before thy feet.

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #299

Author: Elizabeth Rundle Charles

Charles, Elizabeth, née Rundle, is the author of numerous and very popular works intended to popularize the history of early Christian life in Great Britain; of Luther and his times; of Wesley and his work; the struggles of English civil wars; and kindred subjects as embodied in the Chronicles of the Schönherg-Cotta Family, the Diary of Kitty Trevelyan, &c, was born at Tavistock, Devonshire, Her father was John Rundle, M.P., and her husband, Andrew Paton Charles, Barrister-at-Law. Mrs. Charles has made some valuable contributions to hymnology, including original hymns and translations from the Latin and German. These were given in her:— (1) The Voice of Christian Life in Song; or, Hymns and Hymn-writers of Many Lands and Ages, 1858; (2… Go to person page >

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First Line: Never further than thy cross
Title: Never Further than Thy Cross
Author: Elizabeth Rundle Charles (1860)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally acce…

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