O Cross of Christ

This hymn was in the Magnificat this morning. I have seen it before. It is beautiful, although I don’t know the tune which accompanies it.

O Cross of Christ, immortal tree

On which our Savior died,

The world is sheltered by your arms

That bore the Crucified.

From bitter death and barren wood

The tree of life is made;

Its branches bear unfailing fruit

And leaves that never fade.

O faithful Cross, you stand unoved

While ages run their course;

Foundation of the universe,

Creation’s binding force.

Give glory to the risen Christ

And to his Cross give praise,

The sign of God’s unfathomed love,

The hope of all our days.