In the cross of Christ I glory

In the cross of Christ I glory,
  Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
  Gathers round its head sublime.
When the woes of life o’ertake me,
  Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me,
  Lo! It glows with peace and joy.
When the sun of bliss is beaming
  Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
  Adds more luster to the day.
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
  By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
  Joys that through all time abide.
Toyin Diyan

London, United Kingdom

Lord Jesus we praise You for Your glorious death! Thank You! Cause us to fully realise its gain~ that It is our glory, the solution to all our problems. Hallelujah to the crucified Christ!

I love this hymn. It's truth and melody are astoundingly wonderful.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Sir John Bowring was born at Exeter, England. He could speak fluently in 22 languages and carry on a conversation in 100. He was consul of Hong Kong (1849-1853) when the Opium War broke out and later was the Governor of Hong Kong (1854-59). Bowring was closely associated with the Unitarians. The following hymn, which appears in many hymn collections today, does not appear in modern Unitarian hymnals.

Nearly 33 years after Bowring's death, during the Boxer rebellion in China in 1900, many missionaries were killed. One incident that occurred in Peking during this time is related to this hymn. After the siege of Peking was over, the missionaries gathered in the Temple of Heaven, the shrine where only the Emperor was allowed to visit once a year. The missionaries gathered around the marble altar of the heathen temple and sang this song which gave expression to the spirit that had sustained them during the previous weeks of suffering. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin