The hymn, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", was written by Isaac
Watts, and published in Hymns and Spiritual Songs in 1707. It is
significant for being an innovative departure from the early English
hymn style of only using paraphrased biblical texts, although the
first two lines of the second verse do paraphrase
1 Text 2 Musical settings 3 Other uses 4 References 5 External links
Text 1. When I survey the wond'rous Cross On which the Prince of Glory dy'd, 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. His dying Crimson, like a Robe, Spreads o'er his Body on the Tree; Then am I dead to all the Globe, And all the Globe is dead to me.
5. 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.
The second line of the first stanza originally read "Where the young
Prince of Glory dy'd". Watts himself altered that line in the 1709
edition of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, to prevent it from being
mistaken as an allusion to Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, the
heir to the throne who died at age 11.
The hymn's fourth stanza ("His dying crimson...") is commonly omitted
in printed versions, a practice that began with
"Hamburg", Lowell Mason, 1824
"Eucharist", Isaac B. Woodbury
"Rockingham", arranged by Edward Miller, 1790
"Morte Criste", Emrys Jones
"O Waly, Waly", a folk tune
"Senzeni Na?", a South African folk tune
"When I Survey/Thank You For the Cross", a modern rearrangement by Tim
Hughes, based on "O Waly, Waly", on Soul Survivor (2007)
"The Wonderful Cross", a contemporary arrangement by
Sung to the tune 'Rockingham', it has been used for many years by the
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