Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.@Revelation 2:10
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Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922)

Johnson Oatman, Jr., in Calvary Hymns, edited by Rufus H. Cornelius (Fort Worth, Texas: 1915).

John M. Henson (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John M. Henson (1887-1972)

I shall not bear the cross thro’ yon city
When the burdens of life are laid down.
When I knock on the portals of Heaven
I will trade the old cross for a crown.

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Yes, I’ll trade the old cross for a crown,
When the burdens of life are laid down.
When the pearl gates for me shall swing open,
I will trade the old cross for a crown.

Tho’ the cross oftentimes has been heavy,
And oft fortune on me seems to frown,
But how happy I’ll be over yonder
When I trade the old cross for a crown.

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Oft, my bark has been tossed on life’s billows,
And each wave tries my vessel to drown.
But no storm cloud can harm me forever
When I trade the old cross for a crown.

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Ev’ry cross that I bear for my Savior
Will at last, when He calls, be laid down,
And my sorrows will all be forgotten
When I trade the old cross for a crown.

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