Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Dan­i­el T. Tay­lor, in Hymns of the Morn­ing, ed­it­ed by Charles C. Bark­er (Con­cord, New Hamp­shire: Charles W. Sar­gent, 1872), num­ber 257.

Music: Tal­la­has­see H. B. Gre­on­gils, in Gos­pel Songs and Hymns No. 1, round note edi­tion (Bridge­wa­ter, Vir­gin­ia: George B. Hol­sing­er, 1898), num­ber 109 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know Gre­on­gils’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Tay­lor (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
Hide my sins and shelter me;
Claim or merit I have none,
I am vile and all undone;
I to Thee for succor fly—
Give me refuge, or I die.
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
All my hopes are hung on thee.

Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
Let me to thy shadow flee;
Here they mocked the Crucified,
Here the royal sufferer died;
Here was shed the atoning blood,
Till it crimsoned all the sod;
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
Can the guilty trust in thee?

Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
Type of love’s deep mystery.
’Twas my sins provoked this love,
I this matchless passion moved;
For my soul this love was stored;
On my head the blessing poured;
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
Now I solve love’s mystery.

Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
This my boast shall ever be,
That the blood for me was shed,
That for me He groaned and bled;
Now I catch that gracious eye,
Now I know I shall not die;
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree,
All my guilt is lost in thee!