The Way Is Long And Rough


The way is long, and rough, and dark,
But I have trod it all for thee;
My footprints all the journey mark,-
Take up thy cross, and follow me.

Refrain:
Take up thy cross its burden bear,
If thou would’st my disciple be;
Who bears the cross the crown shall wear,-
Take up thy cross, and follow me.

Let not the mountain’s stony height,
Nor yet the swelling of the sea,
With foolish fears thy soul affright,-
Take up thy cross, and follow me. [Refrain]

When storms arise and griefs assail,
To me thy Refuge quickly flee,
My loving care shall never fail,-
Take up thy cross, and follow me. [Refrain]

Though foes beset thee, do not yield,
For I thy Leader strong will be;
With breastplate on, and faith thy shield,
Take up thy cross, and follow me. [Refrain]

Then noble strive, and vict’ry gain,
A crown of glory waiteth thee;
But if thou would’st thy crown attain,
Take up thy cross, and follow me. [Refrain]