Breslau (Take up thy cross, the Saviour said) - Descant (version 1)

German Traditional Melody
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The hymn tune "Breslau" is one of the great German chorales, appearing in "As hymnodus sacer" (Leipzig, 1625). Mendelssohn adapted it for use in his oratorio "St Paul", and in this form it has remained popular ever since.

Hymnals differ in the choice of the final verse of "Take up thy cross, the Saviour said". Those which use the words "To thee, great Lord, the One in Three" I have labelled (for no particularly good reason) "Descant, version 1". Those whose final verse is "Take up thy cross, and follow Christ" I have called "Descant, version 2". There are other differences between hymnals, so please contact me if you need an amended version.

Version 1 may be found in the following hymnals (among many others):

1. Ancient & Modern. Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship" (no.135)

2. Hymns Ancient & Modern. New Standard (no.237)

3. Common Praise (no.528)

4. Complete Anglican Hymns (no.626)

5. New English Hymnal (no.76)

6. Mission Praise (no.935)

Score ID
German Traditional Melody
Year of arrangement
C.W. Everest (1814-1877)
Easy (Grades 1-3)
1 minute
Choir + keyboard
Instrumental parts

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