150. Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

1. Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?

2. Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

3. Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

4. Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

5. Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

6. When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

Text Information
First Line: Am I a soldier of the cross
Title: Am I a Soldier of the Cross?
Author: Isaac Watts (1721-4)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Appended to his Sermons, published 1721-4
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: MCANALLY, Rigdon M. McIntosh (1836-1899) Watts wrote this hymn in conjunction with a sermon he was giving on 1 Corinthians 16:13. For a different arrangement, see "When the Battle's Over."
Tune Information
Name: ARLINGTON
Composer: Thomas Augustine Arne (1762)
Arranger: Ralph Harrison
Meter: CM
Incipit: 13332 11123 54332
Key: F Major
Source: Sacred Harmony-A Collection of Psalmtunes, Ancient and Modern (London: 1784)
Copyright: Public Domain



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