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Take Up Your Cross Lyrics and Music

The rousing words and lyrics of the much loved hymn begin with ""Take up thy cross," the Savior said,"If thou wouldst My disciple be" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Take Up Your Cross" hymn were written by its American author Charles William Everest. The author of the hymn, Charles William Everest, was born on May 27, 1814 and died on January 11, 1877. The exhilarating music that accompanies the "Take Up Your Cross" song of praise was composed by William Gardiner.  The composer of the music to the "Take Up Your Cross" hymn, William Gardiner, was born on March 15, 1770 and died on November 16, 1853. We have placed "Take Up Your Cross" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the illuminating lyrics of this popular Christian song and long-established church hymn.

Take Up Your Cross Hymn
Title: Take Up Your Cross *** Name of Composer: William Gardiner *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Charles William Everest *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs



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 Hymn
Title of Hymn: Take Up Your Cross
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Charles William Everest (May 27, 1814 to January 11, 1877)
Nationality of Author: American

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: 1833


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.

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