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;
his strength shall bear your spirit up,
and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.
3 Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,
and let your foolish heart be still;
the Lord for you accepted death,
upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.
4 Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly ev'ry danger brave:
it guides you to abundant life
and leads to victory o'er the grave.
5 Take up your cross, and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to 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 (1833, alt.)|
|Topic:||Temptation and Conflict; Christ--Invitation of; Conflict(2 more...)|
|Source:||As Hymnodus Sacer, Leipzig (1625), alt.|