Scripture Verse

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


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 ?


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!