Beneath the cross of Jesus

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

My Mama's favorite hymn..... So many times I would arrive home from school to hear her singing that 5th verse ....

Ann B

Rimrock, AZ, United States

We never lose the need to abide in the shadow of the cross. The world denies that Jesus died to save sinners. How we rejoice that the cross is empty and the tomb!

Karin Cooper

Raleigh, NC, United States

As I read the words to this hymn I'm once again reminded that everyone is level at the foot of the cross! And how thankful and overwhelmed I am that He chose me (a wretched sinner) before the foundation of the world. The world holds nothing for me, all is vanity apart from knowing Jesus Christ my LORD and SAVIOR! That HE loves me, is beyond comprehension, except the HE is Love! I praise HIM and love HIM and and pray I will do that all the days HE gives me breath!!


New Mexico, United States

I see something new each time I read these words. 'My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross' - Amen.

Stanley Thiaine

Nairobi, Maua, Kenya

Very Inspiring song that touches people's heart. Also it is medicine for the sick souls. Always when I sing this song it becomes blessing to me because it reminds me that there is no other place Christians can hide, trust and hope except in the cross of our Lord Jesus, the author of our journey. Hallelujah.

Tinggi Dana

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

I love this song. There is no other place I can see I am forgiven except the cross.

Dawood Latif

Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

This a beautiful hymn on the completed work of CHRIST on the cross. For my wife and to lot of us it brings tears in appreciation of the cost of redemption. May we never forget this free gift. A sinner called and saved by grace. All we had to do was to say THANK YOU. And all we need to take our part - practice/practise. It is a Noun and Verb.

Grace Akhilele

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States

Wonderful! A wonderful song of appreciation of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. I thank the Lord for leading me to discover this wonderful song that I never knew exists. Lord I bless Your name. Thank You for inspiring Your children for songs like this. I cannot find words that can adequately express my gratitude to You, but thank You that You know my heart.


Monaghan, Ireland

My testimony of what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for me. Praise His Wonderful Name. Amen.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Elizabeth Cecelia Clephane spent her whole life in Scotland. Daughter of a county sheriff, she grew up in the village of Melrose. She suffered from poor health most of her life, but that didn't keep her from serving others. She regularly helped the poor and those with disabilities, even selling a horse and carriage to give more money. Her cheery attitude and selfless spirit earned her the nickname, "The Sunbeam of Melrose." She wrote 8 hymns, including "The Ninety and Nine." - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton