Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.@Mark 8:34
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Charles H. A. Dall (1816-1886)

Charles H. A. Dall, in Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith, edited by Alfred P. Putnam (Boston, Massachusetts: Roberts Brothers, 1875), page 527, alt.

Farmer John Farmer, 1892 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Farmer (1835-1901)

Bearing the Savior’s story
O’er many leagues of flood,
’Neath Afric’s sky of glory,
In midnight prayer I stood,
While other constellations
The Southern Cross outshone,
And said, Go teach all nations
The cross, that wins the crown.

Take, Lord! oh, my defender!
The grateful herald prayed,
My uttermost surrender
Of heart and hand and head!

The cross of suffering, wear it,
Came whispered o’er the sea:
Fear not, for thou canst bear it:
Christ bore it once for thee.