It was composed by Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane http://www.cyberhymnal.org said her profile:-Born: June 18, 1830, Edinburgh, Scotland.Died: February 19, 1869, Bridgend House, near Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland.Buried: St. Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh, Scotland. Elizabeth was the third daughter of Andrew Clephane, Sheriff of Fife and Kinross. She lived most of her life in Melrose, Scotland, about 30 miles southeast of Edinburgh. She spent most of her money on charitable causes, and was known locally as “The Sunbeam.”Clephane’s hymns appeared posthumously, almost all for the first time, in the Family Treasury (1872), under the general title of “Breathings on the Border.”
I could not forget the days when we visited Delhi as an excursion group from my College way back in 2003, this beautiful song was sung at Mizoram House and it was nice to hear it and its lyrics were very matching with the weather condition(specially 1st Stanza) under the Delhi Hot Summer Sunday. The Stanza which i like most is the last stanza a 'I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.'. Its true, the life of our world is going day by day and it has been changing more and more, but amidst these web of life our Glory is still the Cross ad it will be always forever more.
Here is the full lyrics:
Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.
O safe and happy shelter, O refuge tried and sweet,
O trysting place where Heaven’s love and Heaven’s justice meet!
As to the holy patriarch that wondrous dream was given,
So seems my Savior’s cross to me, a ladder up to heaven.
There lies beneath its shadow but on the further side
The darkness of an awful grave that gapes both deep and wide
And there between us stands the cross two arms outstretched to save
A watchman set to guard the way from that eternal grave.
Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess;
The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.
I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
"Sialsuk",..have you ever heard this words before? Sialsuk is my home village and born up in this beautiful place. I love Sialsuk and I am also proud of being a native of this small beautiful place. People often ignore villagers and village life style, but those people do not know how happy we are in the inside of our (own) village and life is live(!)and beautiful in our heart,mind and soul. "Thank You God, You make me as a village boy, I'm satisfied"
Sialsuk is a small village comprising around 400 houses, which is lies in Aizawl District, Mizoram (North East India). It is in 69 Kms away to south direction from State Capital Aizawl. Most of the inhabitants in Sialsuk are Mizo and they were belonging Christian community. It's geogrophical location is Latitude 23.4000 Longitude 92.7500 Altitude (feet) 4330 Lat (DMS) 23° 23' 60N Long (DMS)92° 45' 0E Altitude (meters) 1319.
View from Sub-Centre
we have a small hospital called it Primary Health Centre
KHURPUI LUI(A small stream passing trough our village, it is a source of drinking water )
hilly place proud of our village
Posted by Lalzarzoa Zara Ralte at 1:55 AM
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I can't remember the year, but i can still recollect the day when i found out one of my Dady's Magazines collection, in that magazine there was an article a title with " A dream Come True" written by a well known Physicians. Yes, of course in our childhood days we used to have a big big dreams and we never know those dreams will it be came true in future? sometime it came true and sometime not(can a dream came true?)...childhood life was beautiful and we have big dreams which makes our life happy.......nowadays things are change and life also a part of complicated..do you?.... this is my first post in my blog and i wanna say just a few words "you are welcome to my blog(Hringnun-khawvel)"
Posted by Lalzarzoa Zara Ralte at 6:10 PM