Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Take up thy cross, the Saviour said. Charles W. Everest* (1814-1877).
According to Carl P. Daw, Jr.*, this hymn was first published in The Episcopal Watchman 7/18 (7 September 1833). It was entitled ‘Vision of Death’ (not ‘Visions’, as in JJ), and signed ‘Omega’. The date and place of composition were given as ‘Cheshire [CT], Sept. 3rd, 1833.’ It was reprinted in Britain in The Tract Magazine; or Christian Miscellany (January 1834). Its first publication in a hymnbookj was in the revised edition of Union Sabbath-School Hymns (Philadelphia: the American Sunday School Union, 1835) (Richardson, 1992, p. 241).
On 2 August 1837 Everest recited the poem as a ‘Junior Exercise’ at Washington...
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