When I survey the wondrous cross
When I survey the wondrous cross. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748).
This hymn first appeared in Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), Book III, ‘Prepared for the holy Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper’, with the title ‘Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ; Gal. 6.14.’ It began:
When I survey the wondrous Cross
Where the young Prince of Glory dy’d…
This was altered by Watts himself for the Second Edition in 1709. In the 20th century, only Baptist books (BHB, 1962; BPW, 1991) retained Watts’s original version.
Stanza 4 has often been omitted:
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.
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