When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (HAMBURG)

Words:LM • Isaac Watts (1707)
Music:HAMBURG • Gregorian Psalm Tone I, arr. Vincent Novello (1822), arr. Lowell Mason (1825-1845)

Words

1.

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.

2.

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.

3.

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?

4.

His dying crimson like a robe
Spreads o’er His body on the tree,
Then am I dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

5.

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.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 230 Lacks vs 4 Identical
Songs for Worship and Praise 557 Lacks vs 4;
Adds modern refrain
Key of D instead of F;
Adds modern refrain
Songs of Faith and Praise 315 Lacks vs 4 Adds descant
Praise for the Lord 742 Changes “Christ my God” to “Christ, my Lord” in vs 2 Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 189 Lacks vs 4;
Changes “Christ my God” to “Christ, my Lord” in vs 2
Identical
Songs of the Church 633 Lacks vs 4;
Changes “Christ my God” to “Christ, my Lord” in vs 2
Identical
Sacred Selections 179 Lacks vs 4;
Changes “Christ my God” to “Christ my Lord” in vs 2
Key of G instead of F;
Notated in 2/4 instead of 2/2;
Tenor sings LA instead of LA SOL in measures 2 and 10;
Alto sings LA instead of DO in measure 16
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 532 Lacks vs 4;
Changes “Christ my God” to “Christ my Lord” in vs 2
Identical

Sources

Although first published in 1707, Watts published a revised version in his 1709 second edition of Hymns and Spiritual Songs:

Original text from the Second Edition of “Hymns and Spiritual Songs” (1709)

It is this revision which has lasted.

References

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15