Daniel resolved not to defile himself.@Daniel 1:8
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Daniel in the Lions’ Den
Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1615

Phi­lip P. Bliss, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc). Bliss wrote the song for his Sun­day school class at the First Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church of Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. This hymn and Hold the Fort were pro­hib­it­ed by the Sul­tan from use in Tur­key (San­key, p. 134).

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Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band!

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Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s band.

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Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Daniel’s band.

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Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to vict’ry grand!
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Daniel’s band.

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