God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.@Galatians 6:14
portrait
Thomas Tiplady (1882-1967)

Thomas Tiplady, 1931.

Londonderry, traditional Irish melody ( pdf nwc).Music aficionados will recognize this as the tune used with Danny Boy. The music may have been in written in the 17th Century by Rory Dall O’Cahan (also known as Rory Dall Morison). The tune name probably comes from association with the words of the song Londonderry Air.

illustration
Vision of the Cross, Raphael (1483-1520)

Above the hills of time the cross is gleaming,
Fair as the sun when night has turned to day;
And from it love’s pure light is richly streaming,
To cleanse the heart and banish sin away.
To this dear cross the eyes of men are turning,
Today as in the ages lost to sight;
And so for Thee, O Christ, men’s hearts are yearning,
As shipwrecked seamen yearn for morning light.

The cross, O Christ, Thy wondrous love revealing,
Awakes our hearts as with the light of morn,
And pardon o’er our sinful spirits stealing,
Tells us that we, in Thee, have been reborn.
Like echoes to sweet temple bells replying
Our hearts, O Lord, make answer to Thy love;
And we will love Thee with a love undying,
Till we are gathered to Thy home above.