Author of the Lyrics
The author of the sincere
words of the "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" lyrics, Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane (June 18, 1830-February 19, 1869),
was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and
achieved fame as a Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Beneath the Cross of Jesus", Frederick Charles Maker (August 6, 1844-January 1, 1927),
was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England and
became famous as a Church organist, composer, conductor and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane (June 18, 1830
to February 19, 1869)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Frederick Charles Maker (August 6, 1844 to
January 1, 1927)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand, The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land"
First Publication Date:
Beneath the Cross of Jesus Lyrics
Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.
O safe and happy shelter, O refuge tried and sweet,
O trysting place where Heaven's love and Heaven's justice meet!
As to the holy patriarch that wondrous dream was given,
So seems my Savior's cross to me, a ladder up to heaven.
There lies beneath its shadow but on the further side
The darkness of an awful grave that gapes both deep and wide
And there between us stands the cross two arms outstretched to save
A watchman set to guard the way from that eternal grave.
Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess;
The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.
I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.