Dare to Be a Daniel

Standing by a purpose true

Author: Philip P. Bliss (1873)
Tune: [Standing by a purpose true]
Published in 110 hymnals

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1 Standing by a purpose true,
heeding God's command,
honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel's band!

Dare to be a Daniel!
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known!

2 Many mighty men are lost,
daring not to stand,
who for God had been a host
by joining Daniel's band. [Refrain]

3 Many giants, great and tall,
stalking through the land,
headlong to the earth would fall,
if met by Daniel's band. [Refrain]

4 Hold the gospel banner high;
on to vict'ry grand;
Satan and his host defy,
snd shout for Daniel's band. [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #579

Author: Philip P. Bliss

Bliss, Philip, b. at Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1838. In 1864 he went to Chicago in the employ of Dr. George F. Root, the musician, where he was engaged in conducting musical Institutes, and in composing Sunday School melodies. Originally a Methodist, he became, about 1871, a choirman of the First Congregational Church, Chicago, and the Superintendent of its Sunday Schools. In 1874 he joined D. W. Whittle in evangelical work. To this cause he gave (although a poor man) the royalty of his Gospel Songs, which was worth some thirty thousand dollars. His death was sudden. It occurred in the railway disaster at Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1876. He had escaped from the car, but lost his life in trying to save his wife. His hymns are n… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Standing by a purpose true
Title: Dare to Be a Daniel
Author: Philip P. Bliss (1873)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Dare to be a Daniel!



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