Hymn for Lent (Day 10): When I survey the wondrous cross

Today’s epistle in the Daily Office lectionary has brought to mind this hymn. It’s not one I enjoy very much, but it seems fitting for a Friday in Lent and for today’s lections.

When I survey the wondrous cross
where the young 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 cross 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 an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

Words: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)

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