Author of the Lyrics
The author of the encouraging
words of the "Take Up Your Cross" lyrics, Charles William Everest (May 27, 1814-January 11, 1877),
was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, United States and
achieved fame as a Episcopal rector and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Take Up Your Cross", William Gardiner (March 15, 1770-November 16, 1853),
was born in Leicester, England and
became famous as a musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Take Up Your Cross
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Charles William Everest (May 27, 1814
to January 11, 1877)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: William Gardiner (March 15, 1770 to
November 16, 1853)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: ""Take up thy cross," the Savior said,"If thou wouldst My disciple be"
First Publication Date:
Take Up Your Cross Lyrics
"Take up thy cross," the Savior 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,
And saved thy soul from death and hell.
Take up thy cross then in His strength,
And calmly sin's wild deluge brave,
'Twill guide thee to a better home,
It points to glory o'er the grave.
Take up thy cross and follow Christ,
Nor think til death to lay it down;
For only those who bear 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.