7878. The Banner Of The Cross

1 Gird on your steadfast armor,
O soldiers of the cross;
Go forward into battle,
Nor fear repulse nor loss;
Make ready for the conflict,
The Captain’s call obey;
Then rally and march onward,
The trumpet sounds today.

Then onward to the battle,
We’re marching in our might,
We’re pressing tow’rd the victory,
We’re fighting for the right;
Upon the breeze resplendent
Our colors now we toss,
And o’er our heads shall ever float
The banner of the Cross.

2 The Giant of Temptation
Will meet us as we go;
We need our strongest armor
To greet this mighty foe;
But our good sword, Resistance,
Will hold and bind him fast;
And with our captain leading,
We’ll conquer him at last. [Refrain]

3 The enemies approaching
Are Selfishness, and Greed,
Vainglory, and Impatience;
Our leader’s help we need.
Yet ever marching onward,
Why have we fear of loss,
When over us is floating
The banner of the Cross? [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Gird on your steadfast armor
Title: The Banner Of The Cross
Author: E. M. Bangs (1918)
Refrain First Line: Then onward to the battle
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Referneces to the giant Resistance, the sword Resistance, etc., echo the literary devices in John Bunyan's 1678 "Pilgrim's Progress."
Tune Information
Name: [Gird on your steadfast armor]
Composer: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel
Key: E Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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