Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.@Ephesians 6:14
Basil Manly, Jr. (1825–1892)

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

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

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.