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.
|First Line:||'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said|
|Author:||Charles William Everest (1814-1877) (alt.)|
|Topic:||Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Passion and Death; Christian Year: Lent; Discipleship|
|Source:||German, 15th century, as adapted in As hymnodus sacer, Leipzig, 1625; Adapted: compilers of Church Hymnary 3rd ed., 1973|