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Beneath The Cross Of Jesus

“Beneath the Cross of Jesus” was written by Scottish hymn writer Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane in 1868. She was born in Edignburgh, Scottland in 1830 and died in 1869 at the young age of 38. Her hymns appeared for the first time just three years later, when published in the Presbyterian magazine The Family Treasury in 1872. Frederick C. Maker composed the music in 1881. Evangelist Dwight D. Moody and his song leader, Ira Sankey, promoted Clephane’s hymns in America.

Beneath the cross of Jesus
I humbly 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.

Upon the cross of Jesus
my eye at times can see
the very dying form of One
who suffered there for me;
and from my smitten heart with tears
two wonders I confess,
the wonders His glorious 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.

1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Isaiah 32:1-2 (NKJV)

16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.

John 19:16-18 (NKJV)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

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