If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.@Luke 9:23–24
Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)

Susan H. Peterson, 1998 (public domain).

St. Gertrude Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Arthur S. Sullivan (1842–1900)

If you would come after Me, to your self say no;
Take your cross up daily; follow Me alone.
If you try to save your life, you will not succeed.
You must lose your self for Me; then you’ll find life indeed.
What good will it be for you to gain the world as a whole,
If the end result is losing your own soul?

If you are ashamed of Me and of what I say,
I will also from you turn My face away.
Clothed in glory bright as light, I will come some day.
Till then, be My witnesses and never be dismayed.
Though you may be persecuted, never worry or fear;
Giving words of wisdom, I’ll always be near.

All authority is Mine in both Heav’n and earth.
Go and make disciples, bringing them new birth.
Baptize in this mighty name: Father, Son, and Spirit.
Teach all peoples to obey the things I have made clear.
Surely I will be with you always as you strive to obey;
Till the end of time, I’ll still be there each day.

Jesus, I’m your servant here; self I have denied.
I will follow daily; be my faithful guide.
I am not ashamed of You; boldly I’ll proclaim.
I will go where’er you lead, discipling in Your name.
I know You’ll be with Me at all times, till the end of my life.
So I’ll follow gladly, out into the strife.