Thou Say’st, “Take Up Thy Cross, O Man, and Follow Me”   1 comment

Thou Say'st, Take Up Thy Cross

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymnal Source = The Hymnal (1911), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words (1865) by Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897)


1.  Thou say’st, “Take up thy cross,

O Man, and follow Me”;

The night is black, the feet are slack,

Yet we would follow Thee.

2.  But, O dear Lord, we cry,

That we Thy face could see!

Thy blessed face one moment’s space–

Then might we follow Thee!

3.  Dim tracts of time divide

Those golden days from me;

Thy voice comes strange o’er years of change;

How can I follow Thee?

4.  Comes faint and far Thy voice

From vales of Galilee;

Thy vision fades in ancient shades;

How should we follow Thee?

5.  O heavy cross–of faith

In what we cannot see!

As once of yore Thyself restore,

And help to follow Thee.

6.  If not as once Thou cam’st

In true humanity,

Come yet as Guest within the breast

That burns to follow Thee?

7.  Within our heart of hearts

In nearest nearness be:

Set up Thy throne within Thine own:

Go, Lord:  we follow Thee.

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