Protestant Hymns of the Passion

When I Survey the Wondrous 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?

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.

words: Isaac Watts 1674-1748
melody: Rockingham Old arranged by Edward Miller, 1790 (1731-1807), score (.pdf)
or Hamburg by Lowell Mason, 1824 (1792-1872), score (.pdf), alternate arrangement (.pdf), harmonica
a history of the hymn; a little essay about the hymn

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