Before the Cross / When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (O WALY WALY)



One of my favorite hymn tunes is O WALY WALY, and one of my favorite hymn texts is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” This Just Add People arrangement combines them and adds an original refrain. This arrangement could also be used with other texts sung to O WALY WALY, either with or without the refrain.

Piano accompaniment for congregational singing, including original refrain.

words by Isaac Watts (verses) and Greg Scheer (refrain)
music by Greg Scheer
copyright 2009
CCLI #6446914
OneLicense #2014-12

1. When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

We kneel before the cross.
We are healed before the cross of Christ.

2. 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 through his blood.

We kneel before the cross…

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

We kneel before the cross…

4. 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.

We kneel before the cross…