Take Up Your Cross

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Instrumental Only?
No
Description

Notes: A simple yet haunting song, suitable for communion in Lent. It can be performed in a number of ways:
1) Unison voices - Singing the soprano line and then the tenor line between bars 19-22
2) 2 part - with the lower part reading the alto line and singing the tenor line between bars 19-22
3) SATB
The melody should not be too fast and should always be sustained. The verses could be sung by a solo singer to provide contrast.

The text is adapted from St. Matthew and Psalm 51, and is not the Charles Everest hymn text.

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Lyrics

Take up your cross, the Saviour said, if you want to follow me.
I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out my wicked transgressions.