571a. 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said

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

4 Take up your cross, then, in His strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
it guides you 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 wear the glorious crown.

Text Information
First Line: 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said
Author: Charles William Everest, 1814-1877 (adapt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Source: Adapt.: Compilers of Praise!, 2000
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: G Major
Source: German, 15th century; As adapt.: As hymnodus sacer, Leipzig, 1625; Adapt.: Compilers of Church Hymnary, 3rd ed.. 1973

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