345. Take Up Thy Cross

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 heart 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 every danger brave;
'Twill guide thee to a better home,
And lead to vict'ry 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.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Title: Take Up Thy Cross
Author: Charles W. Everest, 1814-1877
Language: English
Publication Date: 1957
Topic: Admonition; Christ: Cross of; Cross: of the believer (1 more...)
Notes: Alternate tune: GERMANY, No. 465
Tune Information
Name: QUEBEC (HESPERUS)
Composer: Henry Baker, 1835-1910
Incipit: 33351 22355 54234
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Music copyright by W. Garret Horder



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