Scripture Verse

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:12

Introduction

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Peter P. Bilhorn
1865–1936

Words: Ci­vil­la D. Mar­tin, in Voic­es of Vic­to­ry, by Pe­ter Bil­horn (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Bil­horn Bro­thers, 1912), num­ber 169.

Music: Peter P. Bilhorn (🔊 pdf nwc). Note: Voic­es of Vic­tory gives the com­pos­er’s name as C. Far­ris [Fer­ris] Hol­den, one of Bil­horn’s pseu­do­nyms.

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Mar­tin, would you ?

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Civilla D. Martin
1866–1948

Lyrics

In the fight of faith engaging,
Where the battle fierce is raging,
Going forth beneath the royal banner: Love.
Not a word of sad repining,
With your armor brightly shining,
Clothed with power from above.

Refrain

On, on, keep your armor bright,
On, on, soldiers of the light;
For the victory of Heaven
To the faithful will be given,
Who are fighting for the right.

Going where your captain leads you,
True to Him where’er He needs you,
Let your highest pleasure be to follow on;
If you’re true when friends oppress you,
True when men shall curse, not bless you,
You shall wear the victor’s crown.

Refrain

When the roll is called in Heaven,
Crowns of life to men are given,
If you fight the fight of faith while here below;
To the joys that are eternal,
To the life forever vernal,
With your captain you may go.

Refrain