Scripture Verse

Daniel resolved not to defile himself. Daniel 1:8


Daniel in the Lions’ Den
Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1615

Words & Mu­sic: 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).

Philip P. Bliss


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


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.


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


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