Scripture Verse

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 353: The Chris­tian war­ri­or an­i­mat­ed and re­newed.

Music: Lam­beth (Schult­hes) Wil­helm A. F. Schult­hes, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Wilhelm A. F. Schulthes
1816–1879

Lyrics

Hark, ’tis our heav’nly leader’s voice
From His triumphant seat:
’Midst all the war’s tumultuous noise,
How pow­er­ful, and how sweet!

Fight on, My faithful band, He cries,
“Nor fear the mortal blow;
Who first in such a warfare dies
Shall speediest vic­to­ry know.

“I have My days of combat known,
And in the dust was laid,
But thence I mounted to My throne,
And glo­ry crowns My head.

That throne, that glo­ry you shall share;
My hands the crown shall give;
And you the sparkling honors wear,
While God Himself shall live.

Lord, ’tis enough; our bosoms glow
With courage, and with love:
Thine hand shall bear Thy soldiers thro’,
And raise their heads above.

My soul, while deaths beset me round,
Erects her ardent eyes,
And longs, thro’ some illustrious wound,
To rush and seize the prize.