402a. 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said

1 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said,
'if you would my disciple be;
take up your cross with willing heart
and humbly follow after me.'

2 Take up your cross; let not its weight
fill your weak soul with vain alarm;
his strength shall bear your spirit up,
and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.

3 Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,
and let your foolish pride be still:
the Lord refused not even to die
upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.

4 Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
it guides you to a better home,
and leads to victory o'er the grave.

5 Take up your cross and follow Christ,
nor think 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 Saviour said
Author: Charles William Everest (1814-1877) (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Passion and Death; Christian Year: Lent; Discipleship
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: G Major
Source: German, 15th century, as adapted in As hymnodus sacer, Leipzig, 1625; Adapted: compilers of Church Hymnary 3rd ed., 1973

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