114. 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said

1 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said,
'if you would my disciple be;
deny yourself, forsake the world,
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,
nor let your foolish pride rebel;
the Lord for you the cross endured
to save your soul from death and hell.

4 Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
he guides us to a better home,
and leads to conquest of the grave.

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

Text Information
First Line: 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said
Author: C. W. Everest (1814-1877)
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (LM)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture:
Topic: God, Saviour: Growing, Teaching, Serving; Epiphany 2, Revelation: The First Disciples; Lent 2, The King and the Kingdom: Conflict (4 more...)
Tune Information
Name: BRESLAU
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (LM)
Key: G Major
Source: Melody in As Hymnodus Sacer Leipzig 1625



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