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.
*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”