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345. 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 virtuous life displaying;
Who comes to Me and follows, aye,
I lead from his dark straying:
I am the Way, and well I show
How men should sojourn here below.

3 "My heart in lowliness abounds,
My soul with love is glowing,
And from My mouth are words and sounds
Of 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 to purify and free
From sin's abomination:
Your Rock and fortress e'er am I,
And lead you to the life on high.

5 "But if too hot you find the fray,
I, at your side, stand ready;
I fight Myself, I lead the way,
At all times firm and steady:
A coward he who will not heed
When the chief Captain takes the lead.

6 "Who seeks to find His soul's welfare
Without Me, he shall lose it;
But who to lose it may appear,
In God shall introduce it:
Who bears no cross, nor follows hard,
Deserves not Me, nor My reward."

7 Then let us follow our dear Lord,
Bearing the cross appointed,
And bravely cleaving to His word
In suffering be undaunted:
Who has not stood the battle's strain
The crown of life shall not obtain.

Text Information
First Line: Come, follow Me, the Savior spake
Original Language: German
Translator: C. W. Schaeffer
Author: Johann Scheffler
Publication Date: 1918
Topic: Christian Life and Service
Notes: Translated from "Mir nach, spricht Christus, unser Held" Tune: MACH'S MIT MIR, GOTT
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