The Wonderful 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

See from His head, His hands, His feet

Sorrow and love flow mingled down

Did e’re such love and sorrow meet

Or thorns compose so rich a crown

Oh the wonderful Cross, Oh the wonderful Cross

Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live

Oh the wonderful Cross, Oh the wonderful Cross

All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name…


The lyrics to When I Survey the Wondrous Cross were written by the well-known author of many hymns, Isaac Watts in 1707 (he also wrote Joy to the World and O God, Our Help in Ages Past). The hymn was set to more than one tune; the most popular was written in 1790 by Edward Miller.  An updated version of this hymn, The Wonderful Cross, has been performed by several contemporary artists including Micheal W. Smith and Chris Tomlin. You can listen to a version by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman by clicking here.

Hope you have a blessed Easter Sunday!


6 thoughts on “The Wonderful Cross

  1. Pat Young

    Thank you Nancy for your wonderful blog. I enjoy it every day. Just wish I had more time to spend. Happy Easter and a big “thank you” for the beautiful posting of the Cross. Very lovely.



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