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Beneath The Cross Of Jesus

Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane

Verse 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

Verse 2
Oh, safe and happy shelter, Oh, refuge tried and sweet
Oh, trysting place where heaven’s love and heaven’s justice meet
As to the holy patriarch that wondrous dream was given
So is my Savior by the cross a ladder up to heaven

Verse 3
There lies beneath its shadow, But on the farther 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
Like a watchman set to guard the way from that eternal grave

Verse 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 smitten heart, with tears, two wonders I confess
The wonders of His glorious love, and my own worthlessness

Verse 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 nor loss
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross