Scripture Verse

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.@1 Corinthians 16:13

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, ap­pended to his Ser­mons, pub­lished 1721–24. Watts wrote this hymn in con­junc­tion with a ser­mon he was giv­ing on 1 Co­rin­thi­ans 16:13. For a dif­fe­rent arr­ange­ment, see When the Bat­tle’s Over. The words have al­so been com­bined with Do I Be­lieve What Je­sus Sai­th? and pub­lished as a sing­le hymn.

Music: Ar­ling­ton Tho­mas A. Arne, 1762. Ar­ranged by Ralph Har­ris­on in his Sac­red Har­mo­ny—A Col­lect­ion of Psalm­tunes, An­cient and Mo­dern (Lon­don: 1784) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Parsifal in Quest of the Holy Grail
Ferdinand Leeke (1859–1925)

Lyrics

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.