Scripture Verse

The gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
1856–1932

Words: El­la M. Bangs, 1914.

Music: Nims Lake Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

O Church of God, triumphant
O’er human doubts and fears,
Which in the faith of ages
Comes marching thro’ the years;
Baptized with blood of martyrs,
With conflicts dearly won,
Beset with persecutions,
Yet ever marching on.

Refrain

O Church of God, triumphant,
With conflicts dearly won,
Beset with persecution,
Yet ever marching on.

With backward look we see thee,
Thy scattered members few;
We see thee struggling ever
Their courage to renew;
Strong amid tribulation,
Uprising from each fall,
We see thee marching onward
Triumphant over all.

Refrain

O refuge of the nations,
On thee our hope is stayed;
Thy courage thro’ the ages
Shall keep us unafraid;
And with thy strength increasing
Till earthly years are past,
God help thee to march onward
Triumphant to the last.

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