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There's life in a look at the sacred cross

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1 There's life in a look at the sacred cross,
Jesus has said, "Look unto me;"
Earth with its riches is only dross,
Bright treasures beyond in the cross I see.

In a look there's life for thee,
In a look at Calvary;
Blessed thought, Salvation free,
By a look at Calvary.

2 When first to the Saviour I raised my eyes,
Sweet was the smile that fell on me;
Oft as the clouds of temptation rise,
A look at the cross still my strength shall be. [Chorus]

3 I'll look to the cross ev'ry day and hour,
Trusting the promise God has given;
None ever fall neath the tempter's pow'r,
Who trust and obey in the strength of Heav'n. [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #65

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There's life in a look at the sacred cross
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: In a look there's life for thee



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Christ in Song #d579

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Christ in Song #65

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1109

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The Gospel Song Sheaf #160

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The Master's Praise #120

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1217

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