When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" was written by Isaac Watts, the prolific 18th century hymnist also responsible for songs like "O God Our Help in Ages Past" and "Joy to the World."
"Concerning the hymn's creation, there is no special story that singles it from among the many others he wrote," commented blogger Tim Challies.
"But what makes the hymn unique is the particular beauty of its language and imagery, and the power with which it highlights the most significant event in human and personal history — the cross of Jesus Christ our God."
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.