Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.@Mark 8:34
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Alfred H. Ackley (1887-1960)

Alfred H. Ackley, 1922 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Bearing of the Cross
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

I walked one day along a country road,
And there a stranger journeyed, too,
Bent low beneath the burden of His load:
It was a cross, a cross I knew.

Refrain

Take up thy cross and follow Me.
I hear the blessèd Savior call;
How can I make a lesser sacrifice,
When Jesus gave His all?

I cried, Lord Jesus, and He spoke my name;
I saw His hands all bruised and torn;
I stooped to kiss away the marks of shame,
The shame for me that He had borne.

Refrain

O let me bear Thy cross, dear Lord, I cried,
And lo, a cross for me appeared,
The one forgotten I had cast aside,
The one, so long, that I had feared.

Refrain

My cross I’ll carry till the crown appears,
The way I journey soon will end
Where God Himself shall wipe away all tears,
And friend hold fellowship with friend.