Sunday, January 15, 2006

My Favorite Hymn

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.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English pastor, preacher, poet, and hymn writer. He wrote about 600 hymns including When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Am I a Soldier of the Cross, and Joy to the World. Considered the founder of English hymnody and children's hymnody. Published books of poetry, hymns, and three volumes of theological discourses.


McSwain said...

I LOVE this hymn! Thank you for getting it stuck in my head. :)

cori said...

I love your blog, JGF! Thank you for all you share. Especially your favorite hymns. I have to agree that this one is wonderful. But my favorite has to be "In Christ Alone". These old hymns are so powerful. I think it's because they focus more on Him and less on us!

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I looooooove this hymn too!!!!!

Gayle said...

Beautiful... thank you. I wasn't familiar with it.

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Thank you for sharing this with me. I remember growing up us singing hymns..(not a singer here, believe me-smiling) Wish in my head I could remember the melody.