Scripture Verse

A good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3


Isaac Watts

Words: Is­aac Watts, ap­pend­ed to his Ser­mons, pub­lished 1721–24 (Am I a Sol­dier of the Cross?), alt. Re­frain by Ira San­key.

Music: Ira D. San­key, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Parsifal in Quest of the Holy Grail
Ferdinand Leeke (1859–1925)


Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?


In the name of Christ the King,
Who hath purchased life for me,
Thro’ grace I’ll win the promised crown,
Whate’er my cross may be.

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?


Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?


Since I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.