The Wondrous Cross

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This is a very well known and well beloved hymn from Isaac Watts. In fact, there is another modern version of this hymn from WorshipTogether.com that is gainging popularity. Like many of the other hymns we have reworked that other songwriters have also begun to compose new tunes for, our version is amazingly similar to the the WorshipTogether version. The running theme of this hymn is the incomparable riches of the cross compared to earthly treasures, thus the traditional first verse makes a natural chorus. Isaac wrote of our need to resign all that entices us away from setting all of our affections on God, even if it means giving up the whole world (the whole realm of nature). Truly the love God demonstrated for us on the cross demands we give our all back to Him, especially in worship.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
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.

Chorus:
When I survey (echo) the wondrous cross (echo)
On which the Prince of glory died (echo),
My richest gain (echo) I count but loss (echo),
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Verse 2:
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?

Verse 3:
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Words by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Music by David L. Ward.
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Thanks for this version of this precious hymn, Eva
» Eva Kroells on November 16th, 2006

[...] Our congregation has enjoyed a number of their modern hymns over the years, most notably “The Wondrous Cross“.  When they began, most of what was done in the form of audio was raw and intended to help [...]
Thank you so much for your work, I've been looking everywhere for this! May God bless you!!!
» Scott Peavy on August 18th, 2013

Thank you so much for your work, I've been looking everywhere for this! May God bless you!!!
» Scott Peavy on August 18th, 2013
 
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