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BEFORE THE CROSS




Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,
Which before the cross we spend,
Life and health and peace possessing
From the sinner’s dying Friend.


Here I'll sit, forever viewing
Mercy's streams in streams of blood:
Precious drops, my soul bedewing,
Plead, and claim my peace, with God.


Truly blesséd is this station,
Low before the cross to lie,
While I see divine compassion
Floating in his languid eye.


Here it is I find my heaven,
While upon the Lamb I gaze;
Love I much?—I've much forgiven,—
I'm a miracle of grace.


Love and grief my heart dividing,
With my tears his feet I'll bathe;
Constant still in faith abiding,—
Life deriving from his death.


Here in tender, grateful sorrow
With my Saviour will I stay;
Here new hope and strength will borrow;
Here will love my fears away.


---Alternative verses---


Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,
Which before the cross I spend,
Life and health and peace possessing
From the sinner’s dying Friend.


Here I'll sit, forever viewing
Mercy's streams in streams of blood:
Precious drops, my soul bedewing,
Plead, and gain my peace, with God.


Here I stay, forever viewing
Mercy streaming in His blood;
Precious drops, my soul bedewing,
Plead and claim my peace with God.


Love and grief my heart dividing,
Gazing her I'd spend my breath;
Constant still in faith abiding,—
Life deriving from his death.


Truly blesséd is the station,
Low before His cross to lie,
While I see divine compassion
Floating in His languid eye.


Truly blesséd is the station,
Low before His cross to lie,
While I see divine compassion
Beaming in His gracious eye.


Here we find our hope of Heaven,
While upon the Lamb we gaze;
Loving much, and much forgiven,
Let our hearts o’erflow with praise.


Here it is I find my heaven,
While upon the cross I gaze;
Love I much?—I've much forgiven,—
I'm a miracle of grace.


Oh, that, near the cross abiding,
We may to the Savior cleave,
Naught with Him our hearts dividing,
All for Him content to leave!


May we still, the cross discerning,
There for peace and comfort go;
There new wonders daily learning,
All the depths of mercy know.


Lord, in ceaseless contemplation
Fix our hearts and eyes on Thee,
Till we taste Thy full salvation,
And unveiled Thy glories see.


Lord, in grateful contemplation
Make me view thy love divine,
Till I taste Thy whole salvation,
Where, unveiled, Thy glories see.


For Thy sorrows we adore Thee,
For the griefs that wrought our peace;
Gracious Savior, we implore Thee,
In our hearts Thy love increase.


Here we rest, in wonder viewing
All our sins on Jesus laid,
And a full redemption flowing
From the sacrifice He made.


Here we find the dawn of Heaven,
While upon the Lamb we gaze;
See our trespasses forgiven,
And out songs of triumph raise.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 7 8 7
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1761,1776
      Bible Refs: Ps 143:5; Pr 10:22; Gal 6:14; Col 1:20; Heb 7:2;
      MUSIC
      Name: SICILIAN MARINERS
      Meter: 8 7 8 7
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1792-11
        SCORE PREVIEW
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        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
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        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7
        8 7 8 7 D
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