The Cross Is Not Greater

The cross that He gave may be heavy

Author: Ballington Booth (1892)
Tune: [The cross that He gave may be heavy]
Published in 164 hymnals

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1 The cross that He gave may be heavy,
But it ne’er outweighs His grace;
The storm that I feared may surround me,
But it ne’er excludes His face.

The cross is not greater than His grace,
The storm cannot hide His blessed face;
I am satisfied to know
That with Jesus here below,
I can conquer ev'ry foe. Amen.

2 The thorns in my path are not sharper
Than composed His crown for me;
The cup which I drink not more bitter
Than He drank in Gethsemane. [Refrain]

3 The light of His love shineth brighter,
As it falls on paths of woe;
The toil of my work groweth lighter,
As I stoop to raise the low. [Refrain]

4 His will I have joy in fulfilling,
As I'm walking in His sight;
My all to the blood I am bringing,
It alone can keep me right. [Refrain]

Source: The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #160

Author: Ballington Booth

Rv Ballington Booth United Kingdom 1857-1940 Born in Brighouse, England, the 2nd son of William Booth and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army, he became a Christian minister. In his teens he began preaching, singing and playing his concertina at open-air meetings sponsored by the Salvation Army. He became a Colonel in that organization at 23 and was positioned as a training officer. He later moved to Australia, followed by the U.S., and then Canada. He married Maud Charlesworth in 1886. Together they were assigned to the U.S., as the Salvation Army was becoming a world-wide organization. They became American citizens the following year, During the 1890s depression the Booths established shelters for homeless men. Altho… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The cross that He gave may be heavy
Title: The Cross Is Not Greater
Author: Ballington Booth (1892)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The cross is not greater than His grace
Copyright: Public Domain



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