Scripture Verse

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

Introduction

Words: Wil­hel­mi­na L. Roop­er, Hymns for El­e­men­ta­ry Schools (Lon­don: Grif­fith, Far­ran, Oke­den & Welsh: 1889), num­ber 42.

Music: Dare to Be Brave Dun­can C. M. Hume (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Roop­er or Hume (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Dare to be brave, dare to be true;
Strive for the right, for the Lord is with you;
Fight with sin bravely, fight and be strong;
Christ is your captain; fear only what’s wrong.

Refrain

Fight then, good soldiers, fight and be brave;
Christ is your captain, mighty to save.

Dare to be brave, dare to be true,
Hearken to conscience, ’tis God’s voice in you;
Though comrades deride and leave you forlorn,
Stand like the hero, unshaken by scorn.

Refrain

Dare to be brave, dare to be true;
God is your Father: He watches o’er you;
He knows your trials; when your heart quails,
Call Him to rescue, His grace never fails.

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Dare to be brave, dare to be true,
Shun all dishonor, no mean action do;
Bear pain if it comes, with firmness endure,
Hold to your honor, keep your heart pure.

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Dare to be brave, dare to be true;
Keep the straight way of duty ever in view;
Do all your work as well as you can,
Work for the Lord, not only for man.

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Dare to be brave, dare to be true;
God grant you courage to carry you through;
Try to help others, ever be kind;
Let the oppressed a strong friend in you find.

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Dare to be brave, dare to be true,
Think of the home that’s waiting for you;
Home where the faithful whose battles are o’er
Rest in the Lord in joy evermore.

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