O Come, And Stand Beneath The Cross

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1 Oh come, and stand beneath the cross
And hear what Jesus speaks to us:
The words that from His mouth proved
Will comfort us in times of need.

2 He prayed for all His enemies:
"O Father dear, forgive them this;
They know not what they do and say,
But blindly walk their sinful way."

3 O Jesus, pray Thou, too, for me
That I increase my strength in Thee,
My heart is weak, my eyes are blind,
But grant that I Thy light may find.

4 And when His mother He beheld,
Whose heart with agony was filled,
He said: "Behold thy mother, John!"
And unto her: "Behold thy son!"

5 O Jesus, should I suffer loss
And stand forsaken with my cross,
Yea, even scorned by man I be,
Send friends of Thine to comfort me.

6 The robber who his sins confessed
Found comfort in his Savior blest,
Who took the sting of death away
And opened Paradise for aye.

7 Oh, let me, too, when death is near,
From Thine own lips with gladness hear
The blessed words: "Come thou to be
Today in Paradise with me."

8 He then the words in anguish spoke,
At which the earth and heaven shook;
"My God," He cried in agony,
"Why hast Thou forsaken me?!

9 God's wrath Thou borest on the cross,
For me Thou borest grief and loss,
For me Thou didst in anguish cry
And die that I should never die.

10 "I thirst," He said; O evil thought,
A sop of vinegar they brought!
O Jesus, through its bitterness
Thou drank'st the cup of my distress.

11 "'Tis finished!" said our dying Lord;
O blessed comfort, glorious word!
My sin and shame on Him were laid,
And all my debts forever paid.

12 His final word, this blessed cry,
Was full of hope from heaven high.
He cried: "My Father, I commend
My spirit in Thy loving hand."

13 Oh, how this word seer hope instills
And heart and soul with comfort fills!
Oh, may that also be the word
Which at my death I speak, O Lord!

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #100

Author: Thomas Kingo

Thomas Hansen Kingo (15 December 1634 – 14 October 1703 Odense) was a Danish bishop, poet and hymn-writer born at Slangerup, near Copenhagen. His work marked the high point of Danish baroque poetry. He belonged to a rather poor family partly of Scottish origin and was educated a clergyman. In his youth, Kingo wrote a series of poems picturing humorous scenes in village life and a pastoral love poem, Chrysillis. He studied theology at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1654, and for some time acted as private tutor. In 1661 he was appointed vicar to the pastor at Kirke Helsinge, and in 1668 he was ordained a minister at his native town, where his poetic activity began. At first he essayed patriotic poems, but later devoted h… Go to person page >

Translator: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: O come and stand beneath the cross, And hear what Jesus speaks to us
Title: O Come, And Stand Beneath The Cross
Danish Title: Gak under Jesu Kors at staa
Author: Thomas Kingo
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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