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Cross of Christ 123b

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Leonard P. Breedlove, 1844
Alto: William Walker, 1866
Poet: Southern Harmony, 1835 (1st Stanza); Reginald Heber, 1827 (2nd Stanza)
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
The cross of Christ inspires my heart
To sing redeeming grace;
Awake, my soul, and bear a part
In my Redeemer's praise.
Oh, who can be compared to Him
Who died upon the tree?
This is my dear delightful theme,
That Jesus died for me.

The cross of Christ inspires my heart,, Stanza 1
A glorious band, the chosen few,
On whom the Spirit came,
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,
And mocked the cross and flame;
Oh God, to us may grace be giv'n
To follow in their train.
Through peril, toil and pain they climbed
The steep ascent to heav'n.

THE Son of God goes forth to war,, Stanzas 5 & 8