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799. Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake

1 "Come, follow me," the Savior spake,
"all in my way abiding;
deny yourselves, the world forsake,
obey my call and guiding.
Oh, bear the cross, whate'er betide;
take my example for your guide."

2 "I am the light; I light the way,
a godly life displaying;
I bid you walk as in the day;
I keep your feet from straying.
I am the way, and well I show
how you should sojourn here below."

3 "I teach you how to shun and flee
what harms your soul's salvation;
from ev'ry guile your heart I free,
from sin and its temptation.
I am the refuge of the soul
and lead you to your heav'nly goal."

4 Then let us follow Christ, our Lord,
and take the cross appointed,
and, firmly clinging to his word,
in suff'ring be undaunted.
For those who bear the battle's strain
The crown of heav'nly life obtain.

Text Information
First Line: "Come, follow me," the Savior spake
Title: Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake
Original Language: German
Author: Johann Scheffler, 1624-16577
Translator: Charles W. Schaeffer, 1813-1896
Meter: 8 7 8 7 8 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Affirmation of Baptism; Commitment, Discipleship; Trust, Guidance
Tune Information
Composer: Bartholomäus Gesius, 1555-1613
Adapter: Johann Herman Schein, 1586-1630
Meter: 8 7 8 7 8 8
Key: D Major

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