1 "If thou wouldst My disciple be,
Take up thy cross and follow Me;"
And where the Lord before has gone,
Fear not, my soul, to follow on.
There is no crown (There is no crown)
without the cross, (without the cross,)
No victor's palm without the dross; (without the dross;)
If I at last (If I at last)
the crown would wear, (the crown would wear,)
Then I the cross must surely bear.
(Then I the cross, the cross must surely bear.
2 If lonely seems the way I take,
If foes deride and friends forsake,
I'll think of Him who prayed for me
Alone in dark Gethsemane. [Chorus]
3 For us the cruel cross He bore,
For us the thorny crown He wore,
That crowns of glory ours might be
Throughout a long eternity. [Chorus]
4 Then joyfully the cross I take,
And humbly bear it for His sake
Until in death I lay it down,
And go to claim my golden crown. [Chorus]
Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by."
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