1 O Son of Man, Thyself once crossed
By ev'ry suffering here below,
Who taught'st Thy noble martyr-host
To follow in Thy path of woe:
2 O Son of God, Whose glory cast
Its light upon Thy champion's face,
Revealing to his eye at last
The marvels of the holiest place;
3 Be ours the faith that sees Thee stand
Beside the throne of God on high,
To succor with Thy strong right hand
Thy soldiers when to Thee they cry.
4 Be ours the hope, resigned and meek,
That trusts the spirit to Thy care,
That longs Thy face in heaven to seek,
And dwell with Thee in glory there.
5 Be ours the love, divine and free,
Which asks forgiveness for our foes;
Which draws, in life, its life from Thee,
And, dying, finds in Thee repose.
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892
O Son of Man, Thyself once [crossed] crost. [St. Stephen's Day.] This hymn was given in the Rev. J. F. Thrupp's Psalms & Hymns for Public Worship, 1853, No. 120, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In his Index of first lines Mr. Thrupp says that it was "rewritten," but does not give the source of the original. That original is evidently Mrs. C. F. Alexander’s hymn for St. Stephen's Day, "Have you not seen the lily ride," which appeared in her Verses for Holy Seasons, 1846, p. 11, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines; the stanzas chosen being viii., iv., v., ix., x. Thrupp's form of the hymn underwent another change when included in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, as "O Son of Man, Thyself once crossed,” when the compilers added their stanza ii., "O Son of God, Whose glory cast," and altered Thrupp's stanzas iv, and v. This text of 1871 is also in Thring's Collection, 1882.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)