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‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said,
‘If you would my disciple be;
Deny yourself, forsake the world,
And humbly follow after me.’
Take up your cross - let not its weight
Fill your weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear your spirit up,
And brace your heart, and nerve your arm.
Take up your cross, nor heed the shame
Nor let your foolish pride rebel;
Your Lord for you the cross endured
To save your soul from death and hell.
Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
And calmly every danger brave;
He'll guide us to a better home,
And lead to victory o'er the grave.
Take up your cross and follow Christ
Nor think till death to lay it down;
For only they who bear the cross
May hope to win the glorious crown.
To you, great Lord, the One in Three,
All praise for evermore ascend;
And grant us in our rest to see
The heavenly life that knows no end.
CCLI Song Number: 3972917
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Take Up Your Cross
Words: slightly adapted from C. W. Everest (1814-1877)
Music: ‘’Cronk Ny Merrieu’ by Howard J. Prior
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