1. Thou hast said, exalted Jesus,
Take thy cross and follow Me;
Shall the word with terror seize us?
Shall we from the burden flee?
Lord, I’ll take it, Lord, I’ll take it,
And rejoicing, follow Thee.
2. While this liquid tomb surveying,
Emblem of my Savior’s grave,
Shall I shun its brink, betraying
Feelings worthy of a slave?
No, I’ll enter, no, I’ll enter;
Jesus entered Jordan’s wave.
3. Blest the sign which thus reminds me,
Savior, of Thy love for me;
But more blest the love that binds me
In its deathless bonds to Thee;
Oh, what pleasure, oh, what pleasure,
Buried with my Lord to be!
4. Fellowship with Him possessing,
Let me die to earth and sin;
Let me rise t’enjoy the blessing
Which the faithful soul shall win;
May I ever, may I ever
Follow where my Lord has been.
Giles, John Eustace, was born at Dartmouth in 1805, and educated for the ministry at the Baptist College, Bristol. After preaching for a short time at Haverfordwest, he became, in 1830, pastor of the church in Salter's Hall, London. Leaving Baiter's Hall in 1836, he ministered successively at Leeds, Bristol, Sheffield, Bathmines (Dublin), and Clapham Common, London. He died at Clapham Common, June 24, 1875. His prose works include A Funeral Sermon on the Death of Robert Hall; Lectures on Socialism, &c. From childhood he composed hymns and poetical pieces. In 1834, at the request of the Baptist Missionary Committee, he composed a hymn in celebration of Negro emancipation,
and Nos. 9,16, & 24 in their Jubilee Collection, 1842.
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VESPER HYMN appeared in John A. Stevenson's Selection of Popular National Airs (1818) as a setting for Thomas Moore's "Hark! The Vesper Hymn Is Stealing." A footnote in that hymnal explained that Stevenson had added what is-now the first line of the retrain to a "Russian Air." Some later hymnals att…