Lift High the Cross Lyrics Graphic Template

Notes on Lift High the Cross Lyrics

For over 2,000 years the cross has been a powerful symbol in western culture. Many nations feature the cross in their national flag; a red cross signifies medical or humanitarian relief. Examples from literature and the arts include the stories of Count Dracula and Faust. In these stories the cross is used to repel the evil power of the vampire and Mephistopheles. To Christians, the cross represents the ultimate expression of the love of God in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross motivates believers to active faith and mission. "Lift High the Cross" beautifully expresses the power of the cross. It is a product of the work of two Anglican priests - George William Kitchin (1827-1912) and Michael Robert Newbolt (1874-1956). 

George William Kitchin (1827-1912) Source:

Lift High the Cross Lyrics

by George William Kitchin (1827-1912)

Altered by Michael R. Newbolt (1874-1956)

Lift high the cross,
The love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore
His sacred name.

stanzas 1-3

Come brethren, follow where our Captain trod,
Our King victorious, Christ the Son of God. Refrain

Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God in conquering ranks combine. Refrain

Each newborn soldier of the Crucified
Bears on the brow the seal of him who died. Refrain


This is the sign which Satan’s legions fear
And angels veil their faces to revere. Refrain

Saved by this cross whereon their Lord was slain,
The sons of Adam their lost home regain. Refrain

From north and south, from east and west they raise
In growing unison their songs of praise. Refrain


O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised, draw the world to Thee. Refrain

Let every race and every language tell
Of Him who saves our souls from death and hell.

From farthest regions let their homage bring,
And on his cross adore their Savior King. Refrain

10 & 11

Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease
Beneath the shadow of its healing peace. Refrain

For Thy blest cross which doth for all atone
Creation’s praises rise before Thy throne. Refrain

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About the Author Larry Frazier

Larry spent 24 years teaching music at the University of West Georgia to over 6,000 students. Ten years ago, Larry and his wife Mary Lynn, received comfort, support and inspiration from traditional Christian hymns while she overcame stage-three colon cancer. Larry is on a mission to help you discover God’s incredible power through the intersection of faith and Christian music in your life.