Author: Johann Scheffler, 1668 (1624-1677) Composer: Johann Hermann Schein, 1628 (1586-1630)
1. Come, follow me, the Saviour spake, All in my way abiding! Deny yourselves, the world forsake; Obey my call and guiding! O bear my cross whate’er betide; Take my example for your guide!
2. Yea, Lord, Thy image lights the way, A holy life displaying; Who comes to Thee and follows Thee Is led from his dark straying. Thou art the way and well dost show How man should sojourn here below.
3. As Thou in true, obedient love Didst give Thyself up wholly, I give myself to God above To do His will here solely. If I but follow Thee alone, I’ll stand at last before Thy throne.
4. Thy heart in lowliness abounds; Thy soul with love is glowing; And from Thy lips are words and sounds Of meekness overflowing. Thy heart abounds with pitying thought, E’en for the foe who knows Thee not.
5. Thou teachest us to shun and flee What harms our soul’s salvation, Our heart to purify and free From sin’s abomination. Our Shepherd true Thou art always Who seeks what in the desert strays.
6. And if too hot we find the fray, Thou at our side art ready, Defending us, to lead the way At all times firm and steady. A coward he, who then can pause, When our brave captain leads the cause.
7. Who loves his life here more than Thee, Without Thee he shall lose it; Who consecrates it all to Thee, In God will introduce it. Who bears no cross, nor follows hard, Deserves not Thee nor Thy reward.
8. Then let us follow our dear Lord, Bearing the cross appointed, And bravely clinging to His Word, In suff’ring be undaunted. He who shall bear the battle’s strain, The crown of life shall there obtain.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!