Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of When I Survey.
The hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, was written by Isaac Watts, and published in Hymns and Spiritual Songs in 1707. It is significant for being an innovative departure from the early English hymn style of only using paraphrased biblical texts, although the first two lines of the second verse do paraphrase Galatians 6:14. The poetry of “When I survey…” may be seen as English literary baroque.
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