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Ground of my hope, the Cross appears!
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Ground of my hope, the Cross appears!

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross." (Galatians 6,14)

1. Ground of my hope, the Cross appears!
  I see the "man of sorrows" bleed;
I bid adieu to guilty fears,
  and in his death my pardon read.

2. And couldst thou, O my Saviour, die
  to rescue me from endless woe?
Enough! there's none more blessed than I,
  since thou couldst love a sinner so.

3. I leave the world its boasted store
  of pleasures that must quickly end,
I prize its vanities no more,
  since I have found the sinner's friend.

4. I care not if the world revile,
  the world that hates my Master's cause;
the world, I know, would quickly smile,
  were I again what once I was.

5. Then farewell, world, and farewell all
  that emulates a Saviour's claims;
I'll hear him, and obey his call,
  regardless who approves or blames.

6. I'll praise him while he gives me breath,
  nor then will cease to sing his love;
for, when my voice is lost in death,
  I hope to join the choirs above.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 598.

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