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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Hymn Information

Take Up Thy Cross




Author
Alfred Henry Ackley

Composer
Alfred Henry Ackley

Arranger
Daniel Protheroe

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

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.

"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.

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

Chorus:
"Take up thy cross and follow Me,"
I hear the blessed Saviour call:
How can I make a lesser sacrifice,
When Jesus gave His all?

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