Nursery Rhymes

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Lyrics and Music

The elevating words and lyrics of the celebrated hymn begin with "When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" hymn were written by its English author Isaac Watts. The author of the hymn, Isaac Watts, was born on July 17, 1674 and died on November 25, 1748. The wonderful music that accompanies the "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" song of praise was composed by Lowell Mason The composer of the music to the "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" hymn, Lowell Mason, was born on January 8, 1792 and died on August 11, 1872. We have placed "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" in the category of Favorite Songs. Enjoy the reverent lyrics of this popular Christian song and long-established church hymn.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Hymn
Title: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross *** Name of Composer: Lowell Mason *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Isaac Watts *** Hymns Category: Favorite Songs

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying words of the "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" lyrics, Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674-November 25, 1748), was born in Southampton, England and achieved fame as a pastor and hymn writer.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Lyrics

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?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

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.

To Christ, Who won for sinners grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", Lowell Mason (January 8, 1792-August 11, 1872), was born in Medfield, Massachusetts and became famous as a composer, music teacher and co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music. Lowell Mason is known as the "Father of American church music".

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674 to November 25, 1748)
Nationality of Author: English

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Lowell Mason (January 8, 1792 to August 11, 1872)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died"
First Publication Date: 1707

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