|Text:||'Take up thy cross,' the Saviour said|
|Author:||Charles William Everest, 1814-77|
|Tune:||O JESU CHRIST, MEINS LEBENS LICHT|
1 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour 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;
his strength shall bear your spirit up
and brace your heart and nerve your arm.
3 Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,
and let your foolish pride be still:
your Lord refused not even to die
upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.
4 Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
it guides you to a better home
and leads to victory o'er 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.
|First Line:||'Take up thy cross,' the Saviour said|
|Author:||Charles William Everest, 1814-77 (alt.)|
|Topic:||Good Friday; Holy Week; Passion Sunday|
|Name:||O JESU CHRIST, MEINS LEBENS LICHT|
|Source:||Adapted from a melody in 'As Hymnodus Sacer', Leipzig, 1625|