1 "Take up your cross," the Savior said,
"if you would my disciple be;
forsake the past, and come this day,
and humbly follow after me."
2 Take up your cross; let not its weight
pervade your soul with vain alarm;
his strength shall bear your spirit up,
sustain your heart, and nerve your arm.
3 Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let your foolish heart rebel;
for you the Lord endured the cross
to save your soul from death and hell.
4 Take up your cross and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for those who humbly bear the cross
one day will wear the glorious crown.
|First Line:||"Take up your cross," the Savior said|
|Title:||Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said|
|Author:||Charles W. Everest, 1814-1877 (alt.)|
|Source:||W. Hauser, Hesperian Harp, 1848|
|Copyright:||Arr. © 2006 Augsburg Fortress|