662. Onward, Christian Soldiers

1 Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle
See His banners go!

Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.

2 Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod.
We are not divided;
All one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity. [Refrain]

3 Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus
Constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never
'Gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise,
And that cannot fail. [Refrain]

4 Onward, then, ye faithful,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song:
Glory, laud, and honor
Unto Christ, the king;
This through countless ages
Men and angels sing. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Onward, Christian soldiers
Title: Onward, Christian Soldiers
Author: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 65 65 65 D
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 16:18; Psalm 145:13
Topic: The Church Militant; Spiritual Songs
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Onward, Christian soldiers
Tune Information
Name: ST. GERTRUDE
Composer: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900
Meter: 65 65 65 D
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Service Book and Hymnal, 1958 (Setting)



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