I am coming to the cross

I am coming to the cross;
I am poor, and weak, and blind;
I am counting all but dross;
I shall full salvation find.
  I am trusting, Lord, in Thee,
Blessed Lamb of Calvary;
Humbly at Thy cross I bow,
  Save me, Jesus, save me now.
Long my heart has sighed for Thee;
Long has evil dwelt within;
Jesus sweetly speaks to me,
"I will cleanse you from all sin.
Here I give my all to Thee—
Friends and time and earthly store,
Soul and body Thine to be—
Wholly Thine forevermore.
In the promises I trust;
Now I feel the blood applied;
I am prostrate in the dust;
I with Christ am crucified.

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Please help me Lord.. I need you.. humbly at thy feet u bow.. Save me Yeshua.. Save me now..

Thank you Lord for saving grace.. and cleansing me from my sins.

Carol Gann

Ringgold, GA, United States

I love these words. Help us, Lord to draw close to You

Nginga Murumba

Nairobi, Kenya

I had being experiencing hardships in trying to balance between my faith and worldly preasures but I found that mostly I was taken by the world. But not until I read this hymn that I decided to dedicate my life fully to serving Christ for it says,"I will cleanse you from all sins." Blessed!


Thank you Lord for everything I love you

Linda Mair

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Praise God this is what He wants of us ..... and causing us to want also


Nairobi, Kenya

What an awesome song.

Shadreck Mumba

Lusaka, Zambia

Indeed am going to the cross... dear Lord please help my life to grow higher and higher in You God.


Praise the Lord! Today I can say: I am on the cross! "I am crucified with Christ"! No more working, willing, or trying! For "it is Christ who lives in me"! Amen! Hallelujah!

John Macdonald

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Great gospel song. I just learnt it and now can't stop singing it. I like it how it puts together salvation and consecration, as they should not be separate events. When we see how sinful we are and experience the Lord's forgiveness, we should treasure His salvation and there should be such a response in us: "Here I give my all to Thee".

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

"The hymn was writ­ten in 1870 in the ci­ty of Brook­lyn, New York, while I was pas­tor in that ci­ty. I had felt the need of a hymn to aid seek­ers of heart pur­i­ty while at the al­tar. I had de­sired some­thing, sim­ple in ex­press­ion, true to ex­per­i­ence, and end­ing in the full­ness of love. The tune com­posed by Mr. Fisch­er, with the first two lines of the chor­us, I had seen, and was much pleased with their sim­pli­ci­ty. And as I was sit­ting in my stu­dy one day, the line of thought came rush­ing in­to my mind, and I be­gan to write, and in a few minu­tes the hymn was on pa­per. It was first sung at a Na­tion­al Camp­meet­ing, be­ing held at Ham­il­ton, Mass., June 22, 1870. It has been trans­lat­ed into many lang­uag­es, and sung all round the globe." - William McDonald


McDonald, Rev. William. (Belmont, Maine, March 1, 1820--September 11, 1901, Monrovia, California). Becoming a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church at age 19, he was admitted to the Maine Conference in 1843, being transferred to that of Wisconsin in 1855 and of New England in 1859. For a number of years he was editor of the "Advocate of Christian Holiness". In addition to being a writer of biographies and religious books, he compiled, or assisted in compiling, a number of song books of the gospel song type, among them being the Western Minstrel (1840), Wesleyan Minstrel (1853), Beulah Songs (1870), Tribute of Praise (1874). From 1870 he spent many years in evangelistic work before his retirement to Monrovia. - DNAH Archives by Robert G. McCutchan


In the 2nd stanza line 2, "evil dwelt" is usually changed to "evil reigned" because evil still is in us. McDonald's "The Tribute of Praise" 1874 says "dwelt", but "Precious Hymns" 1870 says "reigned". It seems that McDonald originally wrote "reigned" and later changed it to "dwelt".


There is an additional last stanza which is sometimes omitted because it may reflect a Wesleyan perfectionism:

Jesus comes! He fills my soul!

Perfected in Him I am;

I am every whit made whole:

Glory, glory to the Lamb!