Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.@Hebrews 12:1
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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Fan­ny Cros­by, in Sac­red Songs No. 1, by Ira San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George Steb­bins (New York: Big­low & Main, 1896), num­ber 2. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Ro­bert Bruce, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Den­pa­sar Ira D. San­key (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ira D. Sankey (1840–1908)

Onward, onward, looking unto Jesus,
Casting quickly every weight aside;
While we run the race that’s set before us,
Firm as a rock let our faith abide.

Refrain

Lo, a cloud of witnesses behold us,
They through faith were victors in the race;
Let us gladly follow their example,
Trusting the Savior for strength and grace.

Onward, onward, looking unto Jesus,
Pressing forward, we the race will run;
Claiming ever His divine protection,
We shall not fail till the crown is won.

Refrain

Onward, onward, looking unto Jesus,
Joy awaits us on the other shore;
There we’ll sing the song of our redemption,
Safe, safe at last when the strife is o’er.

Refrain