When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross sheet music is a beautiful old hymn.   Use this sheet music for church, worship meetings, and especially communion services.

*Listen to a recording of the piano version, in the key of F*

This recording of me, playing piano, is by no means flawless, but it's just me and my iPhone here, not a recording studio!  It's very hard to record a piano nicely; this will have to do...

Hymn sheet music

This song is so beautiful, that it deserves a setting that changes from verse-to-verse, to avoid the doldrums of sameness, and to emphasize the meaning of the lyrics.

Verse 2 is different

Christian hymn piano music

Verse 3 is different again

This verse is just like the 4-part harmony found in the hymnal.  I like the slow and meditative contrast  to the previous verses very much for singing verse 3, which focuses on Christ on the Cross.

Piano hymn music

Page 4 includes all the lyrics

--and moves back into a more fluid sound.

Piano arrangement of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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*Once again, listen to the piano recording*

As singers, it's not fun to trudge through four verses that remain exactly the same.  An accomplished pianist can read and play a plain 4-part choral arrangement, making changes with backup chords from verse to verse.  But having a version written out can really help!

Four-part harmony, in keys of C, F, & G:

Hymn sheet music

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This arrangement for 4 voices is the same one that is found in most hymnals.  The harmony is lovely.

In the key of G:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross sheet music

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Lead sheets

Lead sheet hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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When you play this song in the key of C, it is easy to see how small the range of the melody is - just 5 notes!

Hymn in the key of F

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross music

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For many musicians, the key of G is easier to play in.  But the range of singable notes may be easier for the singers in the key of F - or the key of C.

What about a piano arrangement?

Scroll down to get the hymn PDF links!


The creator of SingTheBibleStory.com gives permission to churches and other groups to use this music in recordings, in worship services, and for private use and class situations, EXCEPT FOR MONETARY GAIN.  Write me at "Contact" for a usage license if you are wanting to use this music to raise money.

Here are the lyrics in a block of text, INCLUDING PERMISSION from the creator of  SingTheBibleStory.com to copy, paste, and use in your church or meeting on an overhead projector, computer, bulletin, or the like:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss,

And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the death of Christ my God!

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down!

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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The link for the piano arrangement:

Download the piano arrangement of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

The links for the 4-part harmonies:

Download When I Survey the Wondrous Cross in the key of C

Download the 4-part-harmony arrangement in the key of F

Download the hymn arrangement in G

The links for the lead sheets:

Download the hymn lead sheet in the key of C

Download the hymn in the key of F, lead sheet

Download When I Survey the Wondrous Cross lead in the key of G

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