By John Birch
A series of 5 Bible Studies
based upon the Isaac Watt’s hymn
‘When I survey the wondrous Cross’
(Can be used at any time of the year)
This wonderful hymn by Isaac Watts encompasses the whole Lent season as it asks us to look, or survey the wonder of the cross – but not only the wonder, he vividly paints the colour of Christ’s agony and death on the cross.
This was one of the first English-language hymns to use the word ‘I’ and have at its core personal religious experience. The hymn is also an example of how Isaac Watts, who has been called the father of English hymnody, enlarged the boundaries of English hymn writing beyond the metrical psalms to include freer verse that readily lent itself to new musical settings.