Take up thy cross, the Saviour said (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-09)  CPDL #62794:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the Mendelssohn version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised
  • (Posted 2021-02-09)  CPDL #62792:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Breslau
Lyricist: Charles William Everestcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 237
Description: 

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Original text and translations

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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,
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.

To thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
all praise for evermore ascend:
O grant us in our home to see
the heavenly life that knows no end.