Scripture Verse

Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.@Ephesians 6:10

Introduction

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George C. Stebbins
(1846–1945)

Words: Fran­ces R. Ha­ver­gal, Loy­al Re­spons­es; or, Dai­ly Me­lo­dies for the King’s Min­strels (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1878), pag­es 24–27. In the orig­in­al, the re­frain be­low was the last stan­za.

Music: Blag­nac George C. Steb­bins, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Frances R. Havergal
(1836–1879)

Lyrics

Truehearted, wholehearted,
Faithful and loyal,
King of our lives,
By Thy grace we will be!
Under Thy standard,
Exalted and royal,
Strong in Thy strength
We will battle for Thee.

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Peal out the watchword!
Silence it never!
Song of our spirits,
Rejoicing and free!
Truehearted, wholehearted,
Now and forever,
King of our lives,
By Thy grace we will be!

Truehearted, wholehearted!
Fullest allegiance
Yielding henceforth
To our glorious king;
Valiant endeavor
And loving obedience
Freely and joyously
Now would we bring.

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Truehearted! Savior,
Thou knowest our story,
Weak are the hearts
That we lay at Thy feet,
Sinful and treacherous!
Yet, for Thy glory,
Heal them, and cleanse them
From sin and deceit.

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Wholehearted! Savior
Belovèd and glorious,
Take Thy great power
And reign Thou alone,
Over our wills
And affections victorious—
Freely surrendered
And wholly Thine own.

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Half-hearted, false-hearted!
Heed we the warning!
Only the whole
Can be perfectly true;
Bring the whole offering,
All timid thought scorning,
Truehearted only
If wholehearted too.

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Half-hearted! Savior,
Sshall aught be withholden,
Giving Thee part
Who hast given us all?
Blessings outpouring,
And promises golden
Pledging, with never
Reserve or recall.

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Half-hearted? Master,
Shall any who know Thee
Grudge Thee their lives,
Who has laid down Thine own?
Nay; we would offer
The hearts that we owe Thee—
Live for Thy love
And Thy glory alone.

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Sisters, dear sisters,
The call is resounding,
Will ye not echo
The silver refrain,
Mighty and sweet, and
In gladness abounding—
Truehearted, wholehearted!
Ringing again.

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Jesus is with us,
His rest is before us,
Brightly His standard
Is waving above,
Brothers, dear brothers,
In gathering chorus,
Peal out the watchword
Of courage and love!

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