Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim. George William Kitchin* (1827-1912) and Michael Robert Newbolt* (1874-1956).
The original version of this hymn was written for a Festival of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Winchester Cathedral, 15-16 June 1887, during Kitchin’s time as Dean. In keeping with the occasion, it has a strong missionary element:
Lift high the cross! The Love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world repeat His sacred Name.
Come, brethren, follow where His banner flies,
Blest is the heart that bleeds, the soul that sighs.
With Christ we die, His death our life secures,
For he shall live who to the end endures.
Who bears, prepares: - in suff’ring...
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