If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
- Matthew 16:24
"Take up thy cross", the Saviour said,
"If thou wouldst My disciple be;
Take up thy cross, with willing heart,
And humbly follow after Me."
Take up thy cross; let not its weight
Fill thy weak soul with vain 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;
The Lord for thee endured the cross
To save they soul from death and hell.
Take up thy cross, then, in His strength
And calmly every danger brave;
'Twill guide thee to a better home
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.
Charles William Everest
I came across this hymn in one of our old hymn books the other day. I've never heard it sung, so I have no clue of the tune, but isn't it absolutely lovely? The words are so beautiful.
P.S. This is sort of a 'bonus' post - I normally only post every second day... but I wanted to share this with you today. :)