718. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said

1 Take up your cross, the Savior said,
if you would my disciple be;
take up your cross with willing heart,
and humbly follow after me.

2 Take up your cross; let not its weight
fill your weak spirit with alarm;
Christ's strength shall bear your spirit up
and brace your heart and nerve your arm.

3 Take up your cross; heed not the shame,
and let your foolish pride be still;
the Lord for you accepted death
upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.

4 Take up your cross, then, in Christ's strength,
and calmly every danger brave:
it guides you to abundant life
and leads to victory o'er the grave.

Text Information
First Line: Take up your cross the Savior said
Title: Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
Author: Charles William Everest (1833, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
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Topic: Atonement; Discipleship and Mission; Eternal Life
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): Freeman Lewis (1814)
Harmonizer: John Leon Hooker (1984)
Meter: LM
Key: f minor
Copyright: Harm. © 1984 John Leon Hooker

Text Information:

Written by a 19-year-old in Connecticut, this challenging text has been widely printed on both sides of the Atlantic. It is strengthened by its resolute repetition of the same four words at the beginning of each stanza and by the appropriately stark shape note tune.

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