Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
Words by Henry F. Lyte (1793-1847), 1833
Tune: ELLESDIE from Leavitt’s The Christian Lyre, attr. to Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791), 1831
Key signature: A flat major (4 flats)
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 mine 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. Hasten on from grace to glory, Armed by faith, and winged by prayer; Heav’n’s eternal day’s before me, God’s own hand shall guide me there. Soon shall close my earthly mission, Swift shall pass my pilgrim days; Hope soon change to glad fruition, Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.