Beneath the cross of Jesus


Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock
within a weary land,
A home within a 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 exalted 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 farther side,
the darkness of an open grave
that gapes both deep and wide;
and there between us stands the cross,
two arms outstretched to save,
like a watchman to guard the way
from that eternal grave.

Upon that cross of Jesus
mine eyes 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 own worthlessness.

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.


Words: Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane (1830-1869), 1868

Music: St. Christopher (Frederick Charles Maker, 1844-1927) in Bristol Tune Book, 1881

Meter: 76 86 86 86

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 667 Hamburg (Franck)  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 188 Crucis umbra  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 567 Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Gloria  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 753 Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Crucis umbra  
The Hymnal 1916 150 Crucis umbra  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 315 Crucis umbra, St. Christopher  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 685 Beneath the Cross of Jesus  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
481 Crucis umbra  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 767 Beneath the Cross of Jesus, St. Christopher  
The Hymnal 1940 341 St. Christopher  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 012 Beneath the Cross of Jesus  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 654 Beneath the Cross of Jesus  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 152 Broadbent  
The Hymn Book 1971 440 St. Christopher  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982 498 St. Christopher  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988      
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 059 St. Christopher  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 055 St. Christopher  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 105 St. Christopher  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 065 St. Christopher  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 561 Beneath the Cross of Jesus  

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