The United Methodist Hymnal


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 an offering far too small; 
	love so amazing, so divine, 
	demands my soul, my life, my all.

WORDS: Isaac Watts, 1707
MUSIC: Anon.; Edward Miller, 1790
Scripture: Galatians 6:14
Theme: Christ's Gracious Life: Passion and Death; Christian Year: Holy Week; Christian Year: Lent; Commitment; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ: Atonement; Jesus Christ: Love of; Penitence; Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace: Personal Holiness; The Sacraments and Rites of the Church: Eucharist (Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper)