1. I walked one day along a country road,
And there a stranger journeyed, too,
Bent low beneath the burden of His load:
It was a cross, a cross I knew.
“Take up thy cross and follow Me,”
I hear the blessed Savior call;
How can I make a lesser sacrifice,
When Jesus gave His all?
2. I cried, “Lord Jesus,” and He spoke my name;
I saw His hands all bruised and torn;
I stooped to kiss away the marks of shame,
The shame for me that He had borne.
3. “Oh, let me bear Thy cross, dear Lord,” I cried,
And, lo, a cross for me appeared,
The one, forgotten, I had cast aside,
The one, so long, that I had feared.
4. My cross I’ll carry till the crown appears—
The way I journey soon will end—
Where God Himself shall wipe away all tears,
And friend hold fellowship with friend.
Source: 50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #40
|First Line:||I walked one day along a country road|
|Title:||Take Up Thy Cross and Follow Me|
|Author:||A. H. Ackley (1922)|
|Meter:||10.8.10.8 with refrain|
|Refrain First Line:||Take up thy cross and follow me|