Scripture Verse

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Introduction

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Johnson Oatman, Jr.
1856–1922

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

Music: John M. Hen­son (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John M. Henson
1887–1972

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain