Scripture Verse

Take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:13–14

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: W. N. Man­ches­ter, 1897 (🔊 pdf nwc). Ap­peared in Her­alds of Grace, ed­it­ed by Ad­di­son Bow­ser (Dan­ville, Penn­syl­van­ia: 1899), num­ber 3.

If you know Man­che­ster’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Onward! Christian, to the conflict,
Hark! the sound of battle near,
Take the sword thy Lord hath giv’n thee,
Word of truth forever dear.

Refrain

Onward! onward!
Join the glad, victorious throng,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
To our king shall be our song.

Take ye, therefore, God’s whole armor,
That ye stand in evil days,
Girt with truth, and as a breastplate,
Righteousness in all thy ways.

Refrain

Let thy feet be shod with sandals
Of the glad, good news of peace,
Bringing tidings of salvation,
And the time when wars shall cease.

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Take the helmet of salvation,
And the sword the Spirit wields,
Watch and pray, yet rest assurèd
God Himself from peril shields.

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