Scripture Verse

Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14


Words: Ed­ward A. Barnes, in Bet­ter Than Pearls, ed­it­ed by James E. White, Charles W. Stone & A. B. Owen (Bat­tle Creek, Mi­chi­gan: J. E. White, 1881), num­ber 33.

Music: Vo­ro­nezh Charles W. Stone (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Barnes or Stone (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


In the strife with sin and error,
Going on in many hearts,
Who shall win, if not the Chris­tian,
By the grace that God imparts?
In the Rock, the Rock of Ages,
Seen by faith, and ever near,
Who can trust, if not the Chris­tian,
When the storms of life appear?

In this world of many blessings
Blended oft with happy days,
Who has joy, if not the Chris­tian,
Shunning all forbidden ways?
When the hand of stern affliction
Overtakes the stricken one,
Who can say, if not the Chris­tian,
Fa­ther, let Thy will be done?

From the care, the toil, the sorrow,
That to all will surely come,
Who shall rest, if not the Chris­tian,
In the Fa­ther’s blessèd home?
To the perfect life in Hea­ven,
When the storms of life are o’er,
Who will come, if not the Chris­tian,
When this transient life is o’er?