Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Erik G. Gei­jer, 1812 (Du bar ditt kors, O Je­su). Trans­lat­ed from Swe­dish to Eng­lish by Em­il A. Ed­len in The Hym­nal and Or­der of Ser­vice, Au­gus­ta­na Ev­an­ge­li­cal Lu­ther­an Church (Rock Is­land, Il­li­nois: Lu­ther­an Au­gus­ta­na Book Con­cern, 1899), num­ber 72.

Music: So Gehst Du Nun Cas­par F. Nach­ten­hö­fer, 1651 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Nach­ten­hö­fer or El­den (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Erik G. Geijer
(1783–1847)

Lyrics

Thy cross, O Jesus, Thou didst bear,
Thy path to death extended,
To save the world, which everywhere
With hate and scorn offended.
Oh, love how deep, to bleed and weep
For Thine own persecutors!

Thy cross, Redeemer, Thou didst bear,
Our sins away Thou’st taken;
Thine own Thou wilt us still declare,
Though we have Thee forsaken,
And gone astray, yea, day by day,
Thy love is present with us.

Thy cross, O Savior, Thou didst bear,
Thy boundless might and glory,
Forever praised by angels fair,
And told in sacred story,
Thou laidst aside; naught shall abide,
Save by the love that bleedeth.

Thy cross to victory Thou didst bear.
Oh, grant that I, dear Savior,
May glory in the cross and share
Thy heavenly joy and favor!
Then shall my soul have reached its goal
Safe in Thy loving bosom.