Scripture Verse

Taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:16–17


Robert Lowry

Words: Ro­bert Low­ry, Roy­al Di­a­dem (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1873), num­ber 7.

Music: Blacks­burg Ro­bert Low­ry, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Awake, ye soldiers of the Lord,
With shield of faith and Gospel sword,
The trumpet echoes from afar,
And Zion shakes with sound of war.


Awake! awake! the call obey;
Awake! awake! and march away;
With sturdy blow beat down the foe,
For truth will win the day.

The hosts of sin in dark array,
With haughty front await the fray;
Close up the ranks with sacred glee,
The Lord will give the victory.


Unfurl the banner; lift it high;
Take up the march with battle cry;
Draw out the blade, ye sons of light,
And put the alien foe to flight.


And still the battle rages on,
From morn till night, from dark till dawn;
But God’s elect, to glory sealed,
Will spoil the foe and keep the field.