Scripture Verse

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14


Thomas Tiplady

Words: Tho­mas Tip­la­dy, 1931.

Music: Lon­don­der­ry Ir­ish me­lo­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).

Vision of the Cross


Music afi­ci­o­na­dos will rec­og­nize the tune as the one used with Dan­ny Boy. The mu­sic may have been 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.


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.