"Beneath the Cross" was written in 1868 and published in 1872. Elizabeth Clephane wrote the poem a year before she died at the age of 39. The poem was published a couple years after her death.
“What a marvelous prayer this is for a sinner to pray! It makes it very clear that all men will not be saved, that all men must accept the Substitute or they will be lost. It also makes clear that the total depravity of man is taught in the Bible, that we are in no condition to save ourselves. All without exception are involved in guilt, and all without exception are involved in sin, and all without exception are guilty of straying, and all without exception have turned away from God, and all without exception have chosen their own way”—J. Vernon McGee.
K. W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990). Page 119.
J.V. McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary, electronic ed. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1981). Is 53:11.
K.W. Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1982). Page 41.