Soldiers of the cross, arise!

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1 Soldiers of the Cross, arise,
Gird you with your armor bright.
Mighty are your enemies,
Hard the battle ye must fight.

2 O’er a faithless, fallen world,
Raise your banner in the sky;
Let it float there wide unfurled;
Bear it onward, lift it high.

3 Mid the homes of want and woe,
Strangers to the living Word,
Let the Savior’s herald go,
Let the voice of hope be heard.

4 Where the shadows deepest lie,
Carry truth’s unsullied ray;
Where are crimes of blackest dye,
There the saving sign display!

5 To the weary and the worn
Tell of realms where sorrows cease;
To the outcast and forlorn
Speak of mercy and of peace.

6 Guard the helpless, seek the strayed,
Comfort troubles, banish grief;
In the might of God arrayed,
Scatter sin and unbelief.

7 Be the banner still unfurled,
Still unsheathed the Spirit’s Sword;
Spread Thy Word in all the world;
Let Thy kingdom come, O Lord.


Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #501

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

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First Line: Soldiers of the cross, arise! Gird you with your armor bright
Title: Soldiers of the cross, arise!
Author: William Walsham How
Language: English


Soldiers of the Cross, arise. Bishop W. W. How. [Home Missions.] First published in Morrell and How's Psalms & Hymns, 1854, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. When included in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, slight changes were made by Bishop How, in the text of stanzas vi. and vii. This form of the hymn is authorized.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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