Scripture Verse

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

Introduction

Words: Camp­bell Coyle, in The Pi­lot, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert H. Cole­man (Dal­las, Tex­as: Ro­bert H. Cole­man, 1922), alt.

Music: Al­ma­ty Ro­bert Hark­ness (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Coyle (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you

portrait
Robert Harkness
1880–1961

Lyrics

Beside the Cross I’m tenting, and I feel a presence there
That touches me with rapture and heals all my pain and care;
The crimson stream flows over me, it covers all my sin;
My soul is filled with glory that my soul and Christ are kin.

Refrain

Tenting by the Cross, yes, I’m tenting by the Cross;
I’ve traveled back to Calv’ry, and I’m tenting by the Cross.

No gold have I of goodness stored eternal life to buy;
To purchase at such empty price I’ve long since ceased to try;
My hope is built on better ground, all human worth is dross;
I’ve traveled back to Calv’ry, and I’m tenting by the Cross.

Refrain

Beside the Cross I’m tenting, and I’ll by the Cross abide,
And sheltered in my Savior’s love for evermore shall hide;
No present storm can harm me there, nor storm of time to come;
His presence will protect me, and will bring me safely home.

Refrain

On mountain top He’s with me, He whose blessèd name is Christ,
And I with Him, until He calls me up to paradise;
The times may have their nostrums, but I count them all but dross;
I’ve traveled back to Calv’ry, and I’m tenting by the Cross.

Refrain