Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-18)   CPDL #52165:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Tune: Crucis umbra
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 86. 86. 86

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 102, p. 57.

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Original text and translations

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1  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.

2  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 giv’n,
So seems my Saviour’s cross to me,
A ladder up to Heav’n.

3  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.


4  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.

5  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.