cross_children.jpg This week’s addition to my series Then Sings My Soul: The Hymns of My Youth is another with words by Eli­sha A. Hoff­man (music by John H. Stock­ton), originally published in 1878. Hoffman seems to like lyrics that involve the application of blood, but as I said before, this is perhaps the product of a time when such imagery was more common in the marketplace than it is today. In any event, the song proclaims a simple faith based on but a single truth, which is a refreshing point in any time. That is to say, sometimes we have a habit of complicating the gospel far beyond its essence, and hymns like this can help bring us back to the touchstone of saving faith. Sorry for the religious language there… but in keeping with the series theme, this hymn does remind me of times in my childhood. The melody that carries it injects a sense of joy into the words as they are sung, and it is always upbeat as a result. At least that’s how I recall it.

Down at the Cross

Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!

Glory to His Name, glory to His Name:
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!

I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
There at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His Name!

Refrain

Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
Glory to His Name!

Refrain

Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,
Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;
Plunge in today, and be made complete;
Glory to His Name!

Refrain

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