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When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Tune: Rockingham L.M.

Tune: Rockingham L.M.

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 cross 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.

Douglas said ...
The second tune is actually called Hamburg. L.M.
Sunday, Jun 11, 2023 : 16:52
Nick Fleet said ...

Well spotted, Douglas!

HAMBURG (#393) is the first of the two Alternate [sic] Tunes suggested in Spiritual Songs, though.  However, the text being sung to Hamburg is not from Spiritual Songs or from other Little Flock editions - in the first verse it is 'Lord of glory' and among other slight differences there are two additional verses.  Nicely sung though.

I point this out because these recordings were used quite often during lockdown when we weren't able to gather together in person.  The Zoom host could play a recording of a hymn with everyone else muted but singing along where they were.  It generally worked very well ! (Apart from the time a voice suddenly suggests "ladies only !")

Sunday, Jun 11, 2023 : 22:02
Jonty97 said ...
Could someone tell me where the second recording is from? I’d love some more from the same group!
Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 : 08:43

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