507. "Take up thy cross," the Saviour said

1 "Take up thy cross," the Saviour said,
"If thou wouldst my disciple be;
Take up thy cross with willing heart,
And humbly follow after me."

2 Take up thy cross; let not its weight
Fill thy weak soul with vain alarm;
His strength shall bear thy spirit up,
And brace thy hear,t and nerve thine arm.

3 Take up thy cross; nor heed the shame,
And let thy foolish pride be still;
Thy Lord refused not e'en to die
Upon a cross, on Calv'ry's hill.

4 Take up thy cross, then, in his strength,
And calmly sin's wild deluge brave;
'Twill guide thee to a better home,
It points to glory o'er the grave.

5 Take up thy cross, and follow on,
Nor think till death to lay it down;
For only he who bears the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.


Text Information
First Line: "Take up thy cross," the Saviour said
Author: Charles W. Everest (1833)
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1961
Topic: Christian Life: Tribulation and Suffering; Christian Service; Crown of Life (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Baker (1862)
Meter: L. M.
Key: E♭ Major

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