Scripture Verse

I press toward the mark. Philippians 3:14

Introduction

Words: E. H. Lide, in Sun­ny-Side Songs, ed­it­ed by W. How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1893), page 114.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

Onward, comrades, onward pressing,
Daily seek the Master’s blessing,
In the Christian life progressing,
Onward, comrades, onward now!

Refrain

Onward now! onward, all!
Strength from our Savior ever gaining;
Onward now! onward, all!
Heed the loud, inspiring call.

Many foes our path surrounding,
Let our happy songs resounding,
Tell of grace still more abounding,
Onward, comrades, onward now!

Refrain

On this grace alone depending,
Sweetly on our souls descending,
Aiding, cheering, and defending,
Onward, comrades, onward now!

Refrain

Onward, for the Lord will guide us;
In His mercy, walk beside us,
Freely, all we need, provide us,
Onward, comrades, onward now!

Refrain