Fight the good fight

Fight the good fight; lay hold

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 13 hymnals

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Fight the good fight; lay hold
Upon eternal life;
Keep but thy shield, be bold,
Stand through the hottest strife;
Invincible while in the field,
Thou canst not fail, unless thou yield.

No force of earth or hell,
Though fiends with men unite,
Truth's champion can compel,
However press'd, to flight;
Invincible upon the field,
He cannot fall, unless he yield.

Apollyon's arm may shower
Darts thick as hail, and hide
Heaven's face, as in the hour,
When Christ on Calvary died;
No powers of darkness in the field
Can tread thee down, unless thou yield.

Trust in thy Saviour's might;
Yea, fill thy latest breath,
Fight, and like Him in fight,
By dying conquer death;
And all-victorious in the field,
Then with thy sword, thy spirit yield.

Great words are these, and strong
Yet Lord, I look to Thee,
To whom alone belong,
Valour and victory;
With Thee, my Captain in the field,
I must prevail, I cannot yield.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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Title: Fight the good fight
Author: James Montgomery


Fight the good fight; lay hold. J. Montgomery. [The Fight of Faith.] Written Feb. 14, 1834 (M. MSS.), and given in Ferguson's Selection of Hymns for British Seamen, 1838; and in the same year, with alterations, in Joshua Fawcett's Temple Offerings. It was also included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 158, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed, "Valiant for the Truth." It is in several collections in Great Britain and America, but usually in an abbreviated form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #689Page Scan
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The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d223
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #139aPage Scan
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