Scripture Verse

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


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:

Thomas A. Arne (1710–1778)


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.

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