The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

1.  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.

2.  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.

3.  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?

4.  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, 1707
MUSIC: Lowell Mason, 1824
Scripture: John 19:32-34 I Corinthians 2:2 Galatians 6:14 Philippians 3:7-8
Theme: Holy Week