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Follow Me

12/14/2007

I traveled on a lonely road and no one seemed to care.
The burden on my weary back had bowed me to despair;
I oft complained to Jesus how folks were treating me,
And then I heard Him say so tenderly,
"My feet were also weary, upon the Calvary road;
The cross became so heavy, I fell beneath the load,
Be faithful weary pilgrim the morning I can see,
Just lift your cross and follow close to me."

"I work so hard for Jesus" I often boast and say
"I've sacrificed a lot of things to walk the narrow way,
I gave up fame and fortune, I'm worth a lot to Thee"
And then I hear Him gently say to me,
"I left the throne of glory and counted it but loss,
My hands were nailed in anger upon a cruel cross,
But now we'll make the journey with your hand safe in mine,
So lift your cross and follow close to me.

Oh Jesus if I die upon a foreign field someday,
'Twould be no more than love demands, no less could I repay,
"No greater love hath mortal man than for a friend to die"
These are the words He gently spoke to me,
"If just a cup of water I place within your hand
Then just a cup of water is all that I demand.
But if by death to living they can Thy glory see,
I'll take my cross and follow close to Thee.

11 comments:

Anonymous,  January 19, 2008 at 5:40 AM  

This is the most wonderful song to sing, especially if you have given everything up for Jesus and are going through a rough time. He is everything we need. He gave His life for us, he loved us so. We are blessed for all eternity, so what's a little bit of heartache here on earth!

Anonymous,  June 25, 2008 at 11:33 PM  

Do you know who wrote this song? Please post a response--I need it for a curriculum I am writing.

Thanks!

Anonymous,  November 16, 2008 at 7:04 PM  

I've heard this as a young boy by a few of my parents friends who sang it and have now have now all passed. I remembered this song word for word and I believe this to be word perfect.
This is a tremendously powerful song that has left a life long memory for those who sang it and the power it has in its words.
Thanks for the post. You can search hundreds of christian gospel music sights and it just is not there.
Follow Me. what a wonderful, wonderful song!
I also loved to hear my Aunt Play the piano and sing "No one ever cared for me like Jesus" I guess I'm getting all wound up and could go for ever. Thanks again for the post!

Uncle John November 16, 2008 at 7:09 PM  

I've heard this as a young boy by a few of my parents friends who sang it and have now have now all passed. I remembered this song word for word and I believe this to be word perfect.
This is a tremendously powerful song that has left a life long memory for those who sang it and the power it has in its words.
Thanks for the post. You can search hundreds of christian gospel music sights and it just is not there.
Follow Me. what a wonderful, wonderful song!
I also loved to hear my Aunt Play the piano and sing "No one ever cared for me like Jesus" I guess I'm getting all wound up and could go for ever. Thanks again for the post!

Anonymous,  April 7, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

This is in the Church of the Nazarene hymnal.

Anonymous,  February 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM  

I sang this song when i was a teenager, some years ago, and yes i have always remembered it and those that heard me sing it also was very touched by it. It was in the church hymnal at the 4 Square church where i first became a christian and sang this song :)

Anonymous,  June 23, 2011 at 6:05 AM  

I've heard this song only once; sung by Dr. L.G. Meadows, the minister at Ardsley Park Baptist Church in Savannah, GA in 1961. He had a remarkably tender but very powerful voice, and each note and word resonated beautifully throughout the church with great passion.
The tune and some of the words have been unforgettable over the 49 years since I moved away. Although I have asked many people over the years if they know the song, I have never found one who did nor have I ever seen the lyrics.
But, tonight out of the blue I recall it, search it out under "gospel music lyrics", and find it here. I am anxious now to discover a CD so I can hear it sung again.
What a beautiful, haunting hymn. Thanks so much for the postings.

Anonymous,  September 11, 2011 at 8:37 AM  

I'm so happy to find this. My family was singing it last night and couldn't remember all the verses. However, the first sentence is, "I traveled down a lonely road..."

murfglow September 14, 2011 at 4:25 PM  

When I first heard this song at age 21 when I was first saved, it really put a strong impression in me, and now I am 60 and I will be once again singing this song in Brussels, Belgium under the precious anointing of the Holy Spirit. The song has never lost its power of touching hearts, and I dont suppose it ever will. In fact, I do believe that it is recorded in heaven as "sacred" to the Lord.
Thank you,
Pastor Daniel

Pastor Terry,  June 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

I first heard this song approx. 30 yrs. ago and still remember most of it. I believe Ira Stamphill wrote it. Cannot find an accompaniment track to it, though. Sure would like to sing it again.

Pastor Terry
June 21, 2012

LindaSue July 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM  

Written by Ira Joel (or Joel Ira) Hemphill -

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