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Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

  1. Jesus, I my cross have taken,
    all to leave and follow thee;
    destitute, despised, forsaken,
    thou from hence my all shalt be.
    Perish ev’ry fond ambition,
    all I’ve sought or hoped or known;
    yet how rich is my condition,
    God and heav’n are still my own.
  2. Let the world despise and leave me,
    they have left my Savior too;
    human hearts and looks deceive me;
    thou art not, like man, untrue;
    and, while thou shalt smile upon me,
    God of wisdom, love, and might,
    foes may hate and friends may shun me;
    show thy face, and all is bright.
  3. Man may trouble and distress me,
    ’twill but drive me to thy breast;
    life with trials hard may press me,
    heav’n will bring me sweeter rest.
    O ’tis not in grief to harm me
    while thy love is left to me;
    O ’twere not in joy to charm me,
    were that joy unmixed with thee.
  4. Take, my soul, thy full salvation,
    rise o’er sin and fear and care;
    joy to find in ev’ry station
    something still to do or bear;
    think what Spirit dwells within thee,
    what a Father’s smile is thine,
    what a Savior died to win thee:
    child of heav’n, shouldst thou repine?
  5. Hasten on from grace to glory,
    armed by faith and winged by prayer;
    heav’n’s eternal day’s before thee,
    God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
    Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
    swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
    hope shall change to glad fruition,
    faith to sight, and prayer to praise.
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Scripture Reference
Mark 8:34, Matthew 16:24, Matthew 19:27, Luke 9:23
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