Chorale Fantasia on When I Survey the Wondrous Cross ~ Hubert Parry

Instrument: Moller Organ – Calvary Church – Charlotte, NC From Parry’s Three Chorale Fantasias, published 1915. This piece is set to the tune Eltham, originally published in Gawthorn’s Harmonia Perfecta of 1730. Text: Issac Watts, 1707-09 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.