A Universal Hymn of Suffering and Hope: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" is published hymn, written and composed by Isaac Watts. It was published in Hymns and Spiritual Songs in 1707. Its alternative title is Crucifixion to the World by the Death of Christ.
This hymn was regarded as a departure and an innovation from early English hymn style, which uses paraphrased biblical texts. The hymn was also derived from one of Watts' poems, and is a testament to his contribution and work in the transition of hymnody.
Isaac Watts is considered as the "Godfather of English Hymnody". He created 750 hymns. Many of his hymns are still sung and used today, even translated into other languages. Aside as being a hymn writer, he was also an English Christian minister, theologian, and logician. He was born on July 17, 1674, and died on November 25, 1748.
As a work of Watts, this hymn follows the format for congregational singing. This means more people can sign the hymn and take part in its message. For Watts, his belief is as follows.
Hymns should amplify the sermon's theme and should be evangelical as well.
Hymns should also be freely composed, expressing the thoughts and feelings of the singers.
Hymns ought not just to adhere to the structure of the Psalms.