The Cross Of Christ I Glory (1)
It is hard to believe that the author of this hymn was called
“the most unpopular governor Hong Kong ever had!”
But the facts of history cannot be denied.
The explanation may lie in the change wrought in and idealistic
youth who wrote his splendid hymns before he was thirty-five, and then,
corrupted by power.
To his credit, let it be remembered that he was one of the most
brilliant and versatile men England has ever produced.
He could speak fluently in 22 languages and converse in almost a
At thirty-three, in 1825, inspired by the words of St. Paul in
Galations 6:14, “Far be it from me to glory save in the cross of
our Lord Jesus Christ,” he wrote this hymn.
It was not until twenty-four years later that he saw the ruins of
a cathedral in Macao in China, over which a cross was still standing,
which some claimed as the inspiration for this Hymn.
—Ernest K. Emurian
the Cross of Christ I Glory
In the cross of Christ I glory,
o’er the wrecks of time;
the light of sacred story
round its head sublime.
When the woes of life o’ertake me,
deceive, and fears annoy,
shall the cross forsake me:
it glows with peace and joy.
When the sun of bliss is beaming
and love upon my way,
the cross the radiance streaming
new luster to the day.
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
the cross are sanctified;
is there that knows no measure,
that through all time abide.
In The Cross Of Christ I Glory (2)
who have heard the sacred hymn, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, love it;
and it adds to its beauty to learn about how it was written.
John Bowring, the noted naturalist, linguist, statesman, financier, was
the author. This gifted man was at one time the governor of Hong Kong.
It was he who invented the florin, a two-shilling piece greatly used in
England. He could write in thirteen different languages and dialects.
His education was of the right sort, for it led him to a deeper worship
of the Crucified One.
time when he was in the Orient, he was gazing at a tract of land which
had been devastated by an earthquake. He noticed the tower of a church
standing among the ruins, and on the top of the tower a cross. The sight
of this prompted him to write the great hymn.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.