When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

When I Survey the Wondrous CrossIn Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

by Issac Watts (1707)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God:
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down:
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorn compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.




If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross






  • Brandi Raae

    Beautiful rendition. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.

  • Mother of 3

    Thanks for sharing with us at Together on Tuesdays.

  • I love this hymn and your post 🙂 We sing this a lot at church during communion or Easter. Thanks for linking up at Together on Tuesdays.

  • What a cool idea to share songs like this ! Happy Thursday, from #ThoughtProvokingThursdays!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    What a beautiful song. I love that you’ve added the clip, I listened to it and followed along with the lyrics. And I must say that the guitar and that man’s voice were perfect for the song. Thanks!

  • Karen Del Tatto

    As a new believer, this was one of the first hymns I heard and oh what a profound effect it had on me. The lyrics are so very rich, drawing the heart to the love of Christ.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Simple and beautifully done. The words never fail to move me. Glad I stopped here this morning. Have a blessed Sabbath!

  • This is lovely! Thanks so much for sharing over at Friday Frivolity 🙂

  • Sometimes the old hymns are really just the best! Thanks for sharing with us at #FridayFrivolity!

  • Love this hymn! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!