Scripture Verse

So fight I, not as one that beateth the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26

Introduction

Words: Le­o­nard Swain, in The Sab­bath Hymn Book (New York: Shel­don, Blake­man, 1858).

Music: Brigh­ton (Sab­bath) The Sab­bath Hymn and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by Lo­well Ma­son, Ed­wards A. Park & Austin A. Phelps (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1859), page 374 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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

Lyrics

My soul! weigh not thy life
Against thy heavenly crown,
Nor suffer Satan’s deadliest strife
To beat thy courage down.

With prayer and crying strong,
Hold on the fearful fight;
And let the breaking day prolong
The wrestling of the night.

The battle soon will yield,
If thou thy part fulfill;
For, strong as is the hostile shield,
Thy sword is stronger still.

Thine armor is divine,
Thy feet with victory shod;
And on thy head shall quickly shine
The diadem of God!