Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.@Luke 14:27
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Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright­est and Best, by Ro­bert Low­ry & W. How­ard Doane (New York: Big­low & Main, 1875), page 75.

Mé­ri­da Ro­bert Low­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

If My disciple thou wouldst be,
Take up the cross and follow Me;
Rough tho’ the journey, strait the road,
This is the way that leads to God;
Freely I give myself for thee;
Take up the cross and follow Me.

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Take up the cross, take up the cross,
Take up the cross and follow Me.

What if the world reproach thy name?
Take up the cross, despise the shame;
Glory in this, that love divine
Brings thee a ransom, makes thee Mine;
Think of the thorns I wore for thee;
Take up the cross and follow Me.

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Bearing the cross in good or ill,
Trusting the hand that guides thee still,
Soon thou wilt reach the gates of light,
Soon will thy faith be changed to sight;
There is a crown of life for thee;
Take up the cross and follow Me.

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