494. Take Up Your Cross

1. "Take up your cross," the Savior said,
"If you would My disciple be;
Deny yourself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after Me."

2. Take up your cross; let not its weight
Fill your weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear your spirit up,
And brace your heart and nerve your arm.

3. Take up your cross, heed not the shame;
Let not your foolish pride rebel;
The Lord for us the cross endured,
To save our souls from death and hell.

4. Take up your cross and follow Christ;
Think not till death to lay it down;
For only those who bear the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.

Text Information
First Line: "Take up your cross," the Savior said
Title: Take Up Your Cross
Author: Charles W. Everest, 1814-1877
Language: English
Publication Date: 1991
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Baker, 1835-1910
Incipit: 33351 22355 54234
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: This tune in a lower key No. 373

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