Lift, brother, lift

When the cross seems [is] hard to carry

Author: Franklin E. Belden
Tune: [When the cross seems hard to carry]
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 When the cross seems hard to carry,
Lift! brother, lift!
O'er the burden never tarry,
Lift! brother, lift!

Lift the cross and clasp it tighter,
Lift! brother, lift!
Lifting makes the burden lighter,
Lift! brother, lift!

2 Duty's call is self-denying,
Lift! brother, lift!
Half the battle lies in trying,
Lift! brother, lift! [Chorus]

3 When the evil seems the strongest,
Lift! brother, lift!
Lift the hardest, lift the longest,
Lift! brother, lift! [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #543

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the cross seems [is] hard to carry
Title: Lift, brother, lift
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Lift the cross and clasp it tighter



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Christ in Song #543

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1291

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Songs of Rejoicing #118

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1288

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