Take up thy cross, the Saviour said (Breslau)

Hymn – Take up thy cross, the Saviour said – Lyrics

Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,
If thou wouldst My disciple be;
Deny thyself, the world forsake,
And humbly follow after Me.

Take up thy cross, let not its weight
Fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear thy spirit up,
And brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.

Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
Nor let thy foolish pride rebel;
Thy Lord for thee the cross endured,
And saved thy soul from death and hell.

Take up thy cross then in His strength,
And calmly sin’s wild deluge brave,
’Twill guide thee to a better home,
It points to glory o’er the grave.

Take up thy cross and follow Christ,
Nor think til death to lay it down;
For only those who bear the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.

To Thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
All praise forevermore ascend:
O grant us in our home to see
The heavenly life that knows no end.


The music used in this recording belongs in the Public Domain, but the Performance rights ℗ belong to Richard M S Irwin. You may click the Download Button to obtain the MP3 recording for use in Worship or for personal use only. For other uses of the recording, please Contact Us.  
Click Here to Download



  • Tune: Breslau
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Reformation
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: As Hymnodus Sacer.
  • Arranger: Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
  • Lyricist: Charles William Everest (1814 – 1877)
  • Church Year: Lent, Passiontide, Good Friday
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn) – Organ and Trumpet Descant


Carol – Hark! the herald angels sing – Lyrics

Hark! the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heav’n adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings;
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Recordings – download options

To simplify issues with Copyright, we have had to start using various on-line delivery services for some hymns. A recording of this hymn is available on Richard Irwin's album - From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1 which can be found on AmazonGoogle Play, iTunesSpotify. Please Contact Us if you do not have access to these services.  
Click Here to Download


  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Mendelssohn
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) adapted by William Hayman Cummings (1831 – 1915)
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788) and others
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright  ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.