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Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone

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1 Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
and all the world go free?
No, there's a cross for everyone,
and there's a cross for me.

2 How happy are the saints above,
who once went sorrowing here!
But now they taste unmingled love
and joy without a tear.

3 The consecrated cross I'll bear
till death shall set me free;
and then go home my crown to wear,
for there's a crown for me.

4 Upon the crystal pavement down,
at Jesus' pierced feet,
joyful I'll cast my golden crown
and His dear name repeat.

5 O precious cross! O glorious crown!
O resurrection day!
When Christ the Lord from heaven comes down
and bears my soul away.

Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #505

Author: Thomas Shepherd

Shepherd, Thomas, son of William Shepherd, sometime Vicar of Tilbrook, Bedfordshire, and subsequently a Nonconformist Minister at Oundle, and at Kettering, was born in 1665. Taking Holy Orders he held for some time preferment in Huntingdonshire, and in Buckinghamshire. Seceding from the Church of England, he became, in 1694, pastor of the Castle Hill Meeting House (Independent), Nottingham, of which Dr. Doddridge was subsequently pastor. In 1700 he removed to Bocking, near Braintree, Essex, where he began his work in a barn. A chapel was erected for his congregation in 1707. He died Jan. 29, 1739. His publications consisted chiefly of Sermons, His Penitential Cries were a continuance of those by John Mason, who wrote the first six and the v… Go to person page >


Must Jesus bear the cross alone? [No Cross no Crown.] This hymn is found in the following forms:—
1. In 3 stanzas of 4 lines in H. W. Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855, No. 770, where it is signed "G. N. Allen." American authorities inform us that this was taken from G. N. Allen's collection The Social and Sabbath Hymn Book, 1849. In this form stanza i. is altered from T. Shepherd's Penitential Cries, 1693, No. 23, stanza iii., and stanza ii. is found in a missionary collection published at Norwich (England), circa 1810. To these three stanzas three others were added in the Plymouth Collection, which are ascribed to the editor's brother, C. Beecher (p. 125, ii.).
2. In the American Meth. Episcopal Hymnal, 1878, the 3 stanzas from Allen's collection as above are given as by "Thomas Shepherd, alt." G. N. Allen was born in 1812, and died in 1877.
3. In the Oberlin Manual of Praise, 1880, No. 416 is composed of 4 stanzas, of which stanza ii. is unknown to the Plymouth Collection

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



PRECIOUS LORD, the tune Thomas Dorsey used for his most beloved hymn, "Precious Lord, take my hand", is an adaptation of MAITLAND. Sometimes Dorsey is shown as the composer, sometimes as the arranger or adapter of Allen's composition. MAITLAND is often attributed to Allen, but the earliest known sou…

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Hymns of Faith #392TextPage Scan
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Rejoice Hymns #287
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Sing Joyfully #512Text
Sing the Faith #2112
Small Church Music #1299Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #13
The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #449
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #673Text
The Cyber Hymnal #4389TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #449TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #85
The United Methodist Hymnal #424TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #658TextPage Scan
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #237Text
Timeless Truths #309TextAudio
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