1 Wonderful cross by faith I see
Planted on Calvary for me;
Cross of the suffering Son of God,
Under thy pressing weight he trod.
Wonderful cross, so dear to me,--
Wonderful cross of Calvary.
2 Wonderful faith that lifts me up,
Where I may taste the bitter cup;
Wonderful faith that helps me bear
Crosses and ills, his love to share;
Wonderful faith, when tempest-tossed,
Wonderful faith in Jesus' cross.
3 Wonderful cross of Calvary,
Oh how my spirit clings to thee!
Wonderful faith that brings thee near;
Wonderful love that makes thee dear;
Wonderful cross and faith and love
Sending me up to heaven above.
*4 Wonderful cross, by this I rise
Into the rest of Paradise;
Wonderful cross and tears and blood,
Making me king and priest to God;
Wonderful joy, at last, I'll share,
Leaving the cross, the crown to wear.
Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her… Go to person page >