The Sign of the Cross
Crucifixion — Giotto di Bondone, c. 1300, Scrovegni Chapel
I see the crowd in Pilate’s hall,their furious cries I hear;their shouts of “Crucify!” appall,their curses fill mine ear.And of that shouting multitudeI feel that I am one,and in that din of voices rudeI recognise my own.I see the scourgers rend the fleshof God’s belovèd Son;and as they smite I feel afreshthat I of them am one.Around the Cross the throng I seethat mock the Sufferer’s groan,yet still my voice it seems to be,as if I mocked alone.'Twas I that shed that sacred Blood,I nailed him to the Tree,I crucified the Christ of God,I joined the mockery.Yet not the less that Blood availsto cleanse me from sin,and not the less that Cross prevailsto give me peace within.
Words: Horatius Bonar, 1856.

Crucifixion — Giotto di Bondone, c. 1300, Scrovegni Chapel

I see the crowd in Pilate’s hall,
their furious cries I hear;
their shouts of “Crucify!” appall,
their curses fill mine ear.
And of that shouting multitude
I feel that I am one,
and in that din of voices rude
I recognise my own.

I see the scourgers rend the flesh
of God’s belovèd Son;
and as they smite I feel afresh
that I of them am one.
Around the Cross the throng I see
that mock the Sufferer’s groan,
yet still my voice it seems to be,
as if I mocked alone.

'Twas I that shed that sacred Blood,
I nailed him to the Tree,
I crucified the Christ of God,
I joined the mockery.
Yet not the less that Blood avails
to cleanse me from sin,
and not the less that Cross prevails
to give me peace within.

Words: Horatius Bonar, 1856.

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