Author of the Lyrics
The author of the beautiful
words of the "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" lyrics, Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674-November 25, 1748),
was born in Southampton, England and
achieved fame as a pastor and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", Lowell Mason (January 8, 1792-August 11, 1872),
was born in Medfield, Massachusetts and
became famous as a composer, music teacher and co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music. Lowell Mason is known as the "Father of American church music".
Information about the
Title of Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674
to November 25, 1748)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Lowell Mason (January 8, 1792 to
August 11, 1872)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died"
First Publication Date:
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Lyrics
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
To Christ, Who won for sinners grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.