1 Take up your cross, the Saviour said,
if you would my disciple be;
deny yourself, the world forsake,
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:
your Lord for you endured to die
upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.
4 Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
'twill guide you to a better home,
and lead 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.
|First Line:||Take up your cross, the Saviour said|
|Title:||Take Up Your Cross, the Saviour Said|
|Author:||Charles William Everest (1814-1877)|
|Topic:||Call and Vocation; Discipleship; Pilgrimage(1 more...)|
|Harmonizer:||Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)|
|Composer (descant):||Alan Gray (1855-1935)|
|Source:||Lochamer Liederbuch, 1450?, alt.|
|Copyright:||Descant © Cambridge University Press|