Scripture Verse

His banner over me was love.@Song of Solomon 2:4

Introduction

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William W. Gilchrist
(1846–1916)

Words: Ger­ald Mas­sey, 1863.

Music: Wa­ver­tree Will­iam Shore, 1840. Har­mo­ny by Will­iam W. Gil­christ, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Gerald Massey
(1828–1907)

Lyrics

Surrounded by unnumbered foes,
Against my soul the battle goes;
Yet though I weary, sore distressed,
I know that I shall reach my rest:
I lift my tearful eyes above—
His banner over me is love.

Its sword my spirit will not yield,
Though flesh may faint upon the field;
He waves before my fading sight
The branch of palm, the crown of light:
I lift my brightening eyes above—
His banner over me is love.

My cloud of battle-dust may dim,
His veil of splendor curtain Him;
And in the midnight of my fear
I may not feel Him standing near:
But, as I lift mine eyes above,
His banner over me is love.