Scripture Verse

Your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness…above all, taking the shield of faith…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:14–17

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
1856–1932

Words: Wall­ace I. Co­burn, 1926.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Co­burn’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

O Church of God, awake, awake,
Seize fast thy sword and gird with might!
The hosts of darkness mighty are,
And bold and strong they press the fight;
But see, thy Captain leads thee on,
He who hath conquered every foe;
Thou needst not fear, but follow fast
And go with Him where He shall go.

Refrain

Awake, awake, O Church of God;
Arouse in might, to battle go!
See, see the hosts of darkness stand,
And gathers fast the haughty foe!
Awake! awake for Christ thy Lord,
Awake! gird on the shield and sword;
Press hard the fight, no respite make,
O Church of God, awake, awake!

The bars of death He tore apart;
The stone, the guard, ah, what were they,
When He shall rise, the mighty Lord,
And usher in the triumph day?
He, who arose in might and pow’r,
And lives a victor over all,
Will lead thee on to victory,
If thou but hear His battle call.

Refrain

Up then, resolve to valiant be,
And force the fight till it is won;
Stay not thy hand, and thou shalt win,
Since Christ, thy Captain, leads Thee on.
What tho’ the conflict long may be,
And when thy weapons are laid down,
Thou shalt be wounded, weak and worn?
Thy Lord in honor thee shalt crown.

Refrain