“I’ll Win the Crown, Beyond the Cross” by Darius M. Ratcliff


I’ll Win the Crown, Beyond the Cross

 

Now if the man who owns and tills the fields

Must work, or else his land no harvest yields;

And if the man who seeks to win a race,

Must train if he would even hope to place;

Can we e’er hope to win the greatest prize

If for that prize we do no exercise?

If for fool’s gold men toil and sweat,

Should we do less true wealth to get?

If for a car men pay the price,

Think you that less will here suffice?

No, I must strive if I would win,

I’ll do my part, right now begin.

It is my right to have my pay,

It is my right my hand to stay:

On rights of mine I’ll not insist,

If doing this, will aught assist.

I’ll keep my eye on real rewards;

For what care I for earthly hoards?

I’ll be as Jew, I’ll be as weak,

I’ll be all things, the lost to seek:

I’ll run the race, the prize attain,

I’ll fight this fight, the crown I’ll gain;

I’ll spare not self, I’ll fear no loss,

I’ll win the crown, beyond the cross.

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“Dead to the World” and “I Would See the Savior” by Darius M. Ratcliff, August 24, 1944 and September 2, 1944

Christ Teaching in the Temple

DEAD TO THE WORLD

“Dead to the world.” Oh, woeful condition!

Deliver me always from such a position;

Placing it always the Savior above.

What would I do without its gay fun

How could I live apart from its sun?

Living for Jesus.” Ah, wretched condition!

Who could e’er cherish such a foolish ambition?

Living for self is better by far,

Than letting religion my pleasure all mar.

Not for me ever the bearing my cross,

Never for me surely counting earth loss.

“Dead to the world.” Oh, blessed condition!

How my soul glories in this blood bought position!

Empty and vain the world’s promises great;

Sad and eternal its final estate.

Opened at last are my eyes to its plight,

Its dangers and woes, its corruption and night.

“Living for Jesus.” Ah, happy condition!

I’m the one new with no other ambition.

Life I have found at the foot of a cross.

Life I have found when I let it be loss.

Hope now is mine, and love, and joys new;

All things are mine and eternity too.

I WOULD SEE THE SAVIOR

I would see the Savior

Who came on Christmas morn,

And would know the reason

That God on earth was born.

I would meet the Savior

Who walked in Galilee,

He who spoke with power

And made the blind to see.

I would hear him saying

He came to save the lost;

Bringing them salvation

No matter what the cost.

I would gaze in wonder

On Christ of Calvary,

I would know forever

That there He died for me.

I would meet like Mary

The resurrected Lord,

I would see His triumph

O’er sin and death abhorred.

I would hear his promise

The Spirit down to send;

He to dwell within us

Our life, our help, our friend.

I would know the Savior

Who lives and works today.

I will yield my life

And let Him have His way.

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Source: the book Standard Bible Story Readers, Book Five
Date: 1928
Authors O. A. Stemler and Bess Bruce Cleaveland – This file is in the public domain in countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years or less.

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