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Take Up Thy Cross, the Savior Said

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1 Take up your cross, the Savior said,
if you would my disciple be;
take up your cross with willing heart,
and humbly follow after me.

2 Take up your cross; let not its weight
fill your weak spirit with alarm;
Christ's strength shall bear your spirit up
and brace your heart and nerve your arm.

3 Take up your cross, heed not the shame,
and let your foolish pride be still;
the Lord for you accepted death
upon a cross, on Calvary's hill.

4 Take up your cross, then, in Christ's strength,
and calmly every danger brave:
it guides you to abundant life
and leads to victory o'er the grave.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #326

Author: Charles William Everest

Everest, Charles William, M.A., born at East Windsor, Connecticut, May 27, 1814, graduated at Trinity College, Hartford, 1838, and took Holy Orders in 1842. He was rector at Hamden, Connecticut, from 1842 to 1873, and also agent for the Society for the Increase of the Ministry. He died at Waterbury, Connecticut, Jan. 11, 1877 (See Poets of Connecticut, 1843). In 1833 he published Visions of Death, and Other Poems; from this work his popular hymn is taken:— Take up thy cross, the Saviour said. Following Jesus. The original text of this hymn differs very materially from that which is usually found in the hymn-books. The most widely known form of the text is that in Hymns Ancient & Modern, where it appeared in 1861. It was copied by the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Take up thy cross, the Savior said, If thou wouldst my disciple be
Title: Take Up Thy Cross, the Savior Said
Author: Charles William Everest (1833)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




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Henry Baker (b. Nuneham, Oxfordshire, England, 1835; d. Wimbledon, England, 1910; not to be confused with Henry W. Baker) was educated as a civil engineer at Winchester and Cooper's Hill and was active in railroad building in India. In 1867 he completed a music degree at Exeter College, Oxford, Engl…

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #432
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #135TextFlexscore
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #689
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #494TextAudioPage Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #353
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #599
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #402aTextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #402bTextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #431Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #582Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #626TextPage Scan
Complete Mission Praise #935
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #667Text
Gather (3rd ed.) #801
Gather Comprehensive #698TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #690Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #718Text InfoTextAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #675Page Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #536
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #237
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #114Text
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #465
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #326TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #382Text
Moravian Book of Worship #758Text
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #618Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #393Text
Rejoice in the Lord #268TextPage Scan
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #645
The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #411
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #623
The Cyber Hymnal #6474TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #204TextFlexscore
The New English Hymnal #76TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #415TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #141
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #142Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #143Text
The Worshiping Church #655TextAudioPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #583
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #610TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #561TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #634TextPage Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #761Flexscore
Worship and Rejoice #351TextScoreAudioPage Scan
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #145
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