An Unexpected Song

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It was in a large ward of a military hospital. Lying on a cot near the center of the long room was a wounded Australian soldier. He had undergone a serious operation and was still unconscious. Suddenly his fellow-sufferers were amazed to hear a beautiful tenor voice sing:
"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Lord of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride."
It was that soldier unwittingly witnessing to his Savior! He continued:
"Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ, my Lord;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I'd sacrifice them to His blood."
The nurses paused to listen, and the orderlies stood at attention as the still unconscious man sang on: "See! From His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?"
Strange to say, no one was more surprised than the soldier himself when told of the thrilling testimony he had borne to his Lord by that song. How wonderful is the knowledge of the love of Christ in the heart and an appreciation of His sacrifice! Reader, can you complete that song, and from your heart won by His love, sing:
"Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an off'ring far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."
"In whom (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."