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667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said

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.

Text Information
First Line: "Take up your cross," the Savior said
Title: Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
Author: Charles W. Everest, 1814-1877 (alt.)
Meter: L M
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Witness; Cross-bearing
Tune Information
Meter: L M
Key: f minor
Source: W. Hauser, Hesperian Harp, 1848
Copyright: Arr. © 2006 Augsburg Fortress

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