Friday, April 06, 2007

When I Survey the Wonderous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss,

And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the death of Christ my God!

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down!

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,

Spreads o’er His body on the tree;

Then I am dead to all the globe,

And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

[Added by the compilers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern]
To Christ, Who won for sinners grace

By bitter grief and anguish sore,

Be praise from all the ransomed race

Forever and forevermore.
Words by Isaac Watts


GiBee said...

Beautiful. I love that hymn ... it moves me to tears!

Susie said...

Love that song! We did it about 3 Easters ago, and there was not a dry eye. I think it is the perfect Easter song to remember what how our Saviour died for us.

Shalee said...

I love that hymn. It really gets to the meaning of what the cross should mean to us...

Chris said...

Beautiful Susanne!

Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Kathryn said...

We sang that hymn today. Have you ever heard it sung to the Scottish tune "The river is wide"? It's beautiful.

Have a blessed Easter Suzanne! said...

He Has Risen! Many Easter Blessings to you! Stay warm!


Linda said...

I love the old hymns.

Tammy said...


Jen said...

I love that song
blessings to you this Easter


I love that song and the words mean so much to me. Thank you for sharing it with us. connie from Texas

Islandsparrow said...

See when I'm signed in to the old account it comes up as Islandsparrow.

Otherwise I'm Kathryn

How the heck did that happen :)

Islandsparrow said...

Sorry to experiment here but I know you won't mind Suzanne.


Islandsparrow said...

I think I have it figured out now.

Did you ever hear "When I Survey" to that tune? It sounds so lovely when accompanied with a guitar and penny whistle.

Kim said...

We sang this tonight at our Good Friday service. Beautiful words and it helps us meditate on what Christ did for us. Thank you for sharing it,Susanne!


Anonymous said...

Love this hymn Susanne. Happy Easter! :)

Monkey Giggles said...

I love the old hymn...If you get a chance stop over at my blog. I just posted a video of my daughter. It is sure to be a blessing.

Linda said...

We love the old hymns Susanne. Thank you so much for reminding me of this one. We used to sing it so often in the church I grew up in. The words are such a blessing.
Have a truly blessed Easter.

Rhonda said...

Just visiting your site for the first time. I really like the picture.

Have a wonderful Easter!

PastorMac's Ann said...


May the truth of what Christ did for us on the cross strike us anew this Resurrection Weekend.

Blessings to your Susanne. Many blessings.

Granny said...

My FAVORITE hymn. I was privileged to be able to sing this for daughter #2's wedding...a capella, just focusing on the lyrics. And the last verse,

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

is kind of the anthem for what I want my life to be.

Thank you for posting this!