Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.@Ephesians 6:17

Thomas C. Neal, in The Silver Spray, by W. Howard Doane (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church, 1871), page 87.

W. Howard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

There’s a book which surpasses the sages,
A volume of wisdom divine,
And the glory that gleams from its pages,
No splendor of earth can outshine.

Refrain

We’ll cling to the Bible,
Light of every land;
When foes shall assault,
We’ll never, never fail
To defend it, heart and hand;
By the Bible we will stand,
Like a true and valiant army,
At the Lord’s command.

’Tis the light which will guide us to glory,
The sword of the Spirit of might;
And to dwell on its beautiful story,
Is of Heaven the sweetest delight.

Refrain

It reveals where the fountain is flowing,
Which washes the soul from its stain;
Age and sorrow are comforted knowing,
With earth they shall part with their pain.

Refrain