402b. 'Take up your 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 soul with vain 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:
the 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 those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

Text Information
First Line: 'Take up your cross,' the Saviour said
Author: Charles William Everest (1814-1877)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: LM
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:55; 1 Peter 4:16; 1 Peter 5:4; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 12:12; James 1:12; Luke 14:27; Mark 8:34-38; Matthew 10:38-39; Matthew 16:24; Revelation 2:10
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Passion and Death; Christian Year: Lent; Discipleship
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Baker (1835-1910)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 33351 22355 54534 22222
Key: F Major

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