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431. Take Up Your Cross, the Saviour Said

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.

Text Information
First Line: Take up your cross, the Saviour said
Title: Take Up Your Cross, the Saviour Said
Author: Charles William Everest (1814-1877)
Meter: LM
Publication Date: 1998
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Call and Vocation; Discipleship; Pilgrimage (1 more...)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Composer (descant): Alan Gray (1855-1935)
Meter: LM
Key: G Major
Source: Lochamer Liederbuch, 1450?, alt.
Copyright: Descant © Cambridge University Press

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