Scripture Verse

A good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3


Words: Ju­lia A. Ma­thews, in Hea­ven­ward, by James Mur­ray (Cleve­land, Ohio: S. Brain­ard’s Sons, 1877), num­ber 46.

Music: James R. Mur­ray (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

James R. Murray (1841–1905)


We are sol­diers of the Lord,
’Neath His flag we’re called to fight;
Sin and ev­il are our foes,
We are bat­tling for the right.


Come and join our lit­tle band,
Come and join our lit­tle band,
We are sure to win the day;
We have naught to dread or fear,
We have naught to dread or fear,
For our Sav­ior, bless­èd Sav­ior leads the way.

Strong and sub­tle is our foe,
But our Lord is strong­er still;
He will guide us as we go,
He’ll de­fend us from all ill.


Though we fal­ter on the road,
He will ne­ver chide or frown,
For He knew how weak we were
When He chose us for His own.


All He asks is loy­al love,
Earnest ef­fort for the right;
For the bat­tle is His own,
We shall win it by His might.