Take Up Thy Cross The Saviour Said

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

“Take up thy cross,” the Saviour said,
“If thou wouldst My disciple be;—
Deny thyself, the world forsake,
And humbly follow after Me.”

Take up thy cross; let not its weight
Fill thy weak spirit with alarm:
His Strength shall bear thy spirit up,
And brace thy heart, and nerve thine arm.

Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame;
Nor let thy foolish pride rebel:
Thy Lord for thee the Cross endured,
To save thy soul from death and hell.

Take up thy cross then in His Strength,
(1)And calmly every danger brave;
’Twill guide thee to a better home,
(2)And lead to victory o’er the grave.

Take up thy cross and follow Christ,
Nor think till death to lay it down;
For only he who bears the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.

To Thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
All praise forevermore ascend;
O grant us in our Home to see
The heavenly Life that knows no end. Amen.

Words: Charles W. Everest, 1833.*
Tune:Meins Lebens Licht” Nürn­berg­er Ge­sang­buch, 1676.
Alternate Tune: “Winchester New” Musikalisches Handbuch, 1690.

*According to Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867), the author is anonymous and the text comes from the Salisbury Hymn-book.

(1)Some versions “And calmly sin’s wild deluge brave”
(2)Some versions “It points to glory o’er the grave”


About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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