Scripture Verse

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14

Introduction

Words: Con­rad Speece, Oc­tober 6, 1800. First ap­peared in The Con­nec­ti­cut Ev­an­gel­i­cal Ma­ga­zine, Vol­ume 2.

Music: Gre­go­ry Ger­man tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Speece (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Blest Jesus, when Thy cross I view,
That mystery to th’angelic host,
I gaze with grief and rapture, too,
And all my soul’s in wonder lost.

What strange compassion filled Thy breast,
That brought Thee from Thy throne on high,
To woes that cannot be expressed,
To be despised, to groan and die!

For man didst Thou forsake the sky,
To bleed upon the accursed tree?
And didst Thou taste of death, to buy
Immortal life and bliss for me?

Had I a voice to praise Thy name,
Loud as the trump that wakes the dead,
Had I the raptured seraph’s flame,
My debt of love could ne’er be paid.

Yet Lord, a sinner’s heart receive,
This burdened, contrite heart of mine;
Thou knowest I’ve naught beside to give;
And let it be for ever Thine.