Drawn to the Cross   2 comments

Crucifix I July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes, July 15, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words (1880) by Genevieve Mary Irons (1855-1928)

Hymn Source = Northfield Hymnal #2 (1916) via hymnary.org

Ms. Irons, daughter of William Josiah Irons (1812-1883), a Tractarian priest of the Church of England, converted to Roman Catholicism.  She wrote and published more hymns than just this one, but this hymn is the one upon which her reputation rests.  She wrote of this hymn:

I always feel that hymn is part of me….It contains expressions and allusions which to my mind are capable of a Catholic meaning; but I am interested and gratified in knowing that the hymn speaks to the hearts and minds of many who would probably differ from me on most points of doctrine.

The fact that I found the ten-stanza version of it in a hymnal which William Revell Moody (1869-1933), the elder son of Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899), edited and published testifies to the truth of the last part of that statement.


1.  Drawn to the Cross which Thou hast blest,

With healing gifts for souls distrest,

To find in Thee my Life, my Rest,

Christ crucified, I come.

2.  Stained with the sins which I have wrought

In word and deed and secret thought,

For pardon which Thy blood hath bought,

Christ crucified, I come.

3.  Weary of selfishness and pride,

False pleasures gone, vain hopes denied,

Deep in Thy wounds my shame to hide,

Christ crucified, I come.

4.  Thou knowest all my griefs and fears,

Thy grace abused, my misspent years;

Yet now to Thee, for cleansing tears,

Christ crucified, I come.

5.  I would not, if I could, conceal

The ills which only Thou canst heal;

So to the Cross, where sinners kneel,

Christ crucified, I come.

6.  Wash me, and take away each stain,

Let nothing of my sin remain:

For cleansing, though it be through pain,

Christ crucified, I come.

7.  And then for work to do for Thee,

Which shall so sweet a service be,

That angels well might envy me,

Christ crucified, I come.

8.  A life of labor, prayers and love,

Which shall my heart’s conversion prove,

Till to a glorious rest above,

Christ crucified, I come.

9.  To share with Thee Thy Life Divine,

Thy Righteousness, Thy Likeness mine,

Since Thou hast made my nature Thine,

Christ crucified, I come.

10.  To be what Thou wouldst have me be,

Accepted, sanctified in Thee,

Through what Thy grace shall work in me,

Christ crucified, I come.

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