I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.@Philippians 3:14

Words & Music: Will­iam T. Giffe, in On­ward and Up­ward, ed­it­ed by Eph­ra­im T. Hil­de­brand & James D. Vaugh­an (Lo­gans­port, In­di­a­na: Home Mu­sic Com­pa­ny, 1898) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William T. Giffe
(1848–1926)

Onward and upward, go forth in thy might,
Onward and upward for God and the right;
Onward and upward from darkness to light,
Bravely and cheerfully, Christian, press on.

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Onward, upward, bravely and cheerfully go;
Onward, upward, God and the right to know.

Onward! the prize and high calling to win;
Onward, for Jesus and victory o’er sin;
Onward! the work of the Master begin;
Bravely and cheerfully, Christian, press on.

Refrain

Upward, look upward, O mortal, and see;
Jesus is standing and pleading for thee;
Upward, yes, upward, look now and be free;
Bravely and cheerfully, Christian, press on.

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