Scripture Verse

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth. Ephesians 6:14

Introduction

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Basil Manly, Jr.
(1825–1892)

Words: Ba­sil Man­ly, Jr., 1860. This hymn was writ­ten for the first gra­du­a­tion ce­re­mo­ny of the South­ern Bap­tist The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry, Green­ville, South Ca­ro­li­na.

Music: Men­don, Ger­man tune. Ar­ranged by Sam­u­el Dy­er, Sup­ple­ment of Sam­u­el Dy­er’s Third Ed­i­tion of Sac­red Mu­sic 1828 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dy­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.

Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seedtimes of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.

We meet to part, but part to meet,
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.