626. Take up thy cross, the Saviour said

1 Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,
if you wouldst my disciple be;
deny thyself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me.

2 Take up thy cross - let not its weight
fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
his strength shall bear thy spirit up
and brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.

3 Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let thy foolish pride rebel;
thy Lord for thee the Cross endured,
to save thy soul from death and hell.

4 Take up thy cross then in his strength,
and calmly ev'ry danger brave:
'twill guide thee to a better home,
and lead to vict'ry o'er the grave.

5 Take up thy cross, and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only they who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

6 To thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
all praise for evermore ascend:
O grant us in our home to see
the heav'nly life that knows no end.

Text Information
First Line: Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Title: Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Author: Charles William Everest, 1814-1877 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Faith, Trust and Commitment; Lent; Year A: Proper 17 (2 more...)
Tune Information
Arranger: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847
Meter: LM
Key: G Major
Source: "As Hymnodus Sacer" (1625)

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