Beneath the Cross of Jesus

[ capo 4 ] 

BeGneath the (A7/G)cross of GJesus I D/F#mfain would take my Gstand,

The Emshadow of a C2mighty rock withAmin a weary Bland;

A Ghome within the wilderness, a Crest upon the Amway,

From the Dburning of the Gnoontide heat, and the Gburden Dof the Gday.


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 heav'n.

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.


Words: Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1868. Music: Frederick C. Maker, 1881.
Public domain. Common key Db. CCLI song# 27927