O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree

This Lenten hymn is attributed to Lucius Chapin (1760-1842).  Some collections recommend it for Good Friday.

With meter CM (86 86), tunes it has been set to include:
  • ST FLAVIAN (see the YouTube clip below)
  • ARDEN by George Thomas Thalben-Ball (1896 - 1987).

Hymnals it is published in (with various tunes) include



Congregation and choir with organ, ST FLAVIAN


O Cross of Christ, immortal tree
On which our Saviour 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 unmoved
While ages run their course;
Foundation of the universe,
Creation’s minding force.

Give glory to the risen Christ
And to his Cross give praise,
The sign of God's unfailing love,
The hope of all our days.

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