707. Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

1 Jesus, I my cross have taken,
all to leave, and follow thee;
destitute, despised, forsaken,
thou from hence my all shalt be.
Perish ev'ry fond ambition,
all I've sought or hoped or known;
yet how rich is my condition,
God and heav'n are still my own.

2 Let the world despise and leave me,
they have left my Savior too;
human hearts and looks deceive me;
thou art not, like man, untrue;
and, while thou shalt smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
foes may hate and friends may shun me;
show thy face, and all is bright.

3 Man may trouble and distress me,
'twill but drive me to thy breast;
life with trials hard may press me,
heav'n will bring me sweeter rest.
O 'tis not in grief to harm me
while thy love is left to me;
O 'twere not in joy to charm me,
were that joy unmixed with thee.

4 Take, my soul, thy full salvation,
rise o'er sin and fear and care;
joy to find in ev'ry station
something still to do or bear;
think what Spirit dwells within thee,
what a Father's smile is thine,
what a Savior died to win thee:
child of heav'n, shouldst thou repine?

5 Hasten on from grace to glory,
armed by faith, and winged by prayer;
heav'n's eternal day's before thee,
God's own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
hope soon change to glad fruition,
faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, I my cross have taken
Title: Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
Author: Henry Francis Lyte (1824, 1833; Alt. 1990)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D.
Scripture: Mark 8:34
Topic: Sacrifice; The Christian Life: Perseverance; Forsaking the World (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ELLESDIE
Attributed to: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D.
Key: A Major
Source: Arr. in Joshua Leavitt's The Christian Lyre, 1831; rev.



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