Lift high the Cross (Crucifer)

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Tune: Crucifer
Meter: 10 10 and Refrain
Style: Early 20th Century
Composer: Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875 – 1947)
Lyricist: George William Kitchin (1827 – 1912)
Church Year: Easter | Church Year: Passiontide
Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
Performance Copyright ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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Hymn – Lift high the Cross – Lyrics

Refrain
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adores his sacred name.

  1. Come, brethren, follow where our captain trod,
    our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.

  2. Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
    the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.

  3. Each new-born soldier of the Crucified
    bears on his brow the seal of him who died.

  4. This is the sign which Satan’s legions fear
    and angels veil their faces to revere:

  5. Saved by the cross whereon their Lord was slain
    the sons of Adam their lost home regain.

  6. From north and south, from east and west they raise
    in growing unison their song of praise.

  7. O Lord once lifted on the glorious tree
    as thou hast promised, draw us unto thee.

  8. Let every race and every language tell
    of him who saves our souls from death and hell.

  9. From farthest regions let them homage bring
    and on his cross adore their Saviour King.

  10. Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease
    beneath the shadow of its healing peace.

  11. For thy blest cross which doth for all atone
    creation’s praises rise before thy throne:
    Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
    till all the world adores his sacred name.

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