Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.@Psalm 60:4
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Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)

E. M. Bangs, 1918. References to the giant Resistance, the sword Resistance, etc, echo the literary devices in John Bunyan’s 1678 Pilgrim’s Progress.

Charles H. Gabriel (🔊 pdf nwc).

Gird on your steadfast armor,
O soldiers of the cross;
Go forward into battle,
Nor fear repulse nor loss;
Make ready for the conflict,
The Captain’s call obey;
Then rally and march onward,
The trumpet sounds today.

Refrain

Then onward to the battle,
We’re marching in our might,
We’re pressing tow’rd the victory,
We’re fighting for the right;
Upon the breeze resplendent
Our colors now we toss,
And o’er our heads shall ever float
The banner of the Cross.

The Giant of Temptation
Will meet us as we go;
We need our strongest armor
To greet this mighty foe;
But our good sword, Resistance,
Will hold and bind him fast;
And with our captain leading,
We’ll conquer him at last.

Refrain

The enemies approaching
Are Selfishness, and Greed,
Vainglory, and Impatience;
Our leader’s help we need.
Yet ever marching onward,
Why have we fear of loss,
When over us is floating
The banner of the Cross?

Refrain