Old hymns worth revisiting: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

Music styles of course change and the hymns of yesterday often seem inappropriate today.  That may be and I do not want to make a case for the resurrection of these classics on a Sunday morning.  BUT, there is much deep meditation on the Word that went into these ancient lyrics and we would be remiss to relocate the hymns to the cylindrical filing cabinet.

“Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

A slow, melancholic tune with a killer bass harmony, that speaks to the desire for the cross of Christ above all else.

Author: Elizabeth C. Clephane (born: June 18, 1830, Edinburgh; died: Feb. 19, 1869)

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.

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 nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.

Listen to it on YouTube:

Also an updated version by the Gettys:

Find the guitar chords here.