679. Take Up Your Cross

1 Take up your cross, the Savior 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 spirit with alarm;
My strength shall bear your spirit up,
And brace your heart, and nerve your arm.

3 Take up your cross, heed not the shame,
And let your foolish heart be still;
The Lord for you accepted death
Upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.

4 Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
And calmly ev'ry danger brave;
It guides you to a better home
And leads to vict'ry 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 Savior said
Title: Take Up Your Cross
Author: Charles W. Everest, 1814-1877 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2015
Topic: Cross
Tune Information
Name: BRESLAU
Meter: LM
Key: G Major or modal
Source: As Hymnodus Sacer, Leipzig, 1625



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