Take up your cross, the Savior said (Freeman Lewis)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 35 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words underlaid.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Take up your cross, the Savior said
Composer: Freeman Lewis
Tune: Bourbon
Lyricist: Charles William Everestcreate page
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Description: Melody attributed to Freeman Lewis.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Take up your cross, the Savior said,
if you would my disciple be;
take up your cross with willing heart,
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, heed not the shame,
and let your foolish heart be still;
the Lord for you accepted death
upon a cross, on Calvary’s hill.

Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave:
it guides you to abundant life
and leads to victory o’er the grave.

Take up your cross, and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.