I have taken up the cross of Christ

Representative Text

1. I have taken up the cross of Christ,
And I'll bear it if He gives me grace;
It will make each heavy burden light,
If He shows me but the smiling of His face.

O! the cross, I will bear it,
In love, alway,
O! the crown, I shall wear it,
Through the bright, endless day.

2. I have taken up the cross today,
I will in my Saviour's footsteps go;
He will guide me in the narrow way
Till my pilgrimage is ended here below. [Chorus]

3. I have taken up the cross at last,
And I never more will lay it down;
Then when toils and cares of life are past,
Enter Glory and receive the golden crown. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #98

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have taken up the cross of Christ
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Refrain First Line: O, the cross, I will bear it
Copyright: Public Domain



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