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688. "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.
O 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 must sojourn here below.

3 "My heart abounds in lowliness,
My soul with love is glowing;
And gracious words My lips express,
With meekness overflowing.
My heart, My mind, My strength, My all,
To God I yield, on Him I call.

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

5 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 (sts. 1-3, 5): Johann Scheffler, 1624-77
Translator: Charles W. Schaeffer, 1813-96
Meter: 87 87 88
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Mission and Witness
Source: Geistliche Lieder und Lobgesänge, 1695 (st. 4)
Tune Information
Name: MACHS MIT MIR, GOTT
Composer: Bartholomäus Gesius, c. 1555-1613 (adapt. )
Arranger: Johann Hermann Schein, 1586-1630
Meter: 87 87 88
Key: D Major



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