Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Ruth F. Tracy
(1870–1960)

Words: Ruth F. Tra­cy, in The Young Sol­dier, Ap­ril 13, 1901. Tra­cy ap­par­ent­ly wrote this song at the re­quest of Mir­i­am Booth (1889–1917) who was be­gin­ning to sing so­los in meet­ings led by her fa­ther, Bram­well Booth.

Music: Ma­ry­land Al­ex­an­der Zar­nock (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

I’ve found the secret of success,
’Tis holding, ’tis holding on;
The way to every blessedness,
’Tis holding, ’tis holding on;
Our warfare may be hard and fierce,
Oft Satan’s arrows wound and pierce,
But still we get more smiles than tears
By holding on, by holding on.

Have you your fighting just begun?
Keep holding on, keep holding on;
The hardest battles have been won
By holding on, by holding on.
Though you may meet with runaways
Who mourn their weakness half their days,
Yet you can gain eternal praise
By holding on, by holding on.

If full salvation you would gain,
Keep holding on, keep holding on;
To conquer sins that bring you pain,
Keep holding on, keep holding on.
God loves to give the better part,
Not unto those who only start,
But those who seek with all their heart,
And then in faith keep holding on.