583. 'Take up thy cross,' the Saviour said

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.

Text Information
First Line: 'Take up thy cross,' the Saviour said
Author: Charles William Everest, 1814-77 (alt.)
Meter: 88.88
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Good Friday; Holy Week; Passion Sunday
Tune Information
Meter: 88.88
Key: A Major
Source: Adapted from a melody in 'As Hymnodus Sacer', Leipzig, 1625

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