Scripture Verse

If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24


Words: A. C. Mar­tin, in His Voice of Love, ed­it­ed by James D. Vaug­han (Law­rence­burg, Ten­nes­see: James D. Vaugh­an, 1924), num­ber 83, alt.

Music: Skåne Tho­mas Ben­ton (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mar­tin’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Ben­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


On that cold and bitter plain,
Our dear Savior there was slain;
Made to bear a cross of sin,
For a world of thankless men.


O dear friends, it was for you,
All this suff’ring He passed thru;
Has affection from you flown?
Must He bear the cross alone?

Oh, they nailed Him to the tree,
Cursed Him in His agony;
And the moment that He died,
They did pierce His blessèd side.


Then the sun no longer shone,
And the hoary hills did moan;
While the day that was so bright,
Slowly turned to darkest night.


Friends then laid Him in the tomb,
Midst the evening’s gathering gloom;
In the night’s lone silence gray,
Angels rolled the stone away.