Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Hymn)

Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Elizabeth C. Clephane (1868)

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.

O safe and happy shelter, O refuge tried and sweet,
O trysting place where Heaven’s love and Heaven’s justice meet!
As to the holy patriarch that wondrous dream was given,
So seems my Savior’s cross to me, a ladder up to heaven.

There lies beneath its shadow but on the further side
The darkness of an awful grave that gapes both deep and wide
And there between us stands the cross two arms outstretched to save
A watchman set to guard the way from that eternal grave.

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 or loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

To be honest, I have not sung this hymn very many times in my life, but I absolutely love the words to it.  I will point out two of my favorite lines and let you think about the rest of the song.  ” Two wonders I confess; The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.  “My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.”  I could not have said that better myself.  I am ashamed of “my sinful self” and the only glory I have is in His cross!

8 responses to this post.

  1. You are right, the words are so powerful in this! Loved the favorites that you picked and I think two of mine are :

    I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
    Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,

    Thank you for enriching us with our hymn today! God bless you!

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    • “I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
      Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,”

      Think of how much simpler and more satisfying life would be if we would really heed this advice!

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  2. This is a powerful hymn. It is new to me.

    “I am ashamed of “my sinful self” and the only glory I have is in His cross!”

    I feel the same way. It makes me think of the words to another hymn, “I will Glory in the Cross” by Dottie Rambo…

    “My trophies and crowns, my robe stained with sin
    Twas all that I had to lay at His feet
    Unworthy to eat from the table of Life
    Till Love made provision for me”

    Thank you for this post and you humble witness which is of so much worth. It touches God and it touches your readers.

    Theresa

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    • Thank you. I have only heard this hymn sung maybe two or three times in my life, but I came across the words the other day. I have heard the one you mentioned and I love it. What great words and great truth!

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  3. New to me as well. Speaks volumes. Reminds me of Easter … the time of outpouring and renewal.

    Bless you for sharing!

    ann

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    • Christmas and Easter have to be two of my favorite times of year. I love thinking about Easter and all it represents- I hadn’t made the connection, but I’m glad you did!

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  4. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. You blog caught my eye because I posted an article on Elizabeth Clephane’s hymn myself, this morning. I’m rather amazed that you’ve so rarely sung this beautiful hymn. It should be part of the standard repertoire of every Christian congregation. Maybe there’s something you can do to get your church to sing it more often. 🙂

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