76. Take up thy cross, the Saviour said

1 Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,
If thou 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;
The 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 every danger brave;
'Twill guide thee to a better home,
And lead to victory o'er the grave.

5 Take up thy cross, and follow Christ,
Nor think till death to lay it down;
For only he who bears 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 heavenly life that knows no end.

Text Information
First Line: Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Author: Charles Everest, 1814-77
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Lent
Tune Information
Arranger: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 1809-47
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: As Hymnodus Sacer, Leipzig, 1625

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