If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
Words: Stanza 1: Thomas Shepherd, Penitential Cries, 1693, alt. Stanza 2: Apparently from a missionary collection published in Norwich, England, early 19th Century. Stanza 3: The Oberlin Social and Sabbath School Hymn Book, by George Allen, 1844. Stanzas 4–5: From the Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes, by Henry W. Beecher (New York: AMS. Barnes & Burr, 1855).
Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for everyone,
And there’s a cross for me.
How happy are the saints above,
Who once went sorrowing here!
But now they taste unmingled love,
And joy without a tear.
The consecrated cross I’ll bear
Till death shall set me free;
And then go home my crown to wear,
For there’s a crown for me.
Upon the crystal pavement down
At Jesus’ piercèd feet,
Joyful I’ll cast my golden crown
And His dear name repeat.
O precious cross! O glorious crown!
O resurrection day!
When Christ the Lord from Heav’n comes down
And bears my soul away.