501. Soldiers of the Cross, Arise

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.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Soldiers of the cross, arise
Title: Soldiers of the Cross, Arise
Author: William W. How (1854, alt.)
Publication Date: 1941
Meter: 7.7.7.7.
Scripture:
Topic: The Church: Missions
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: GOTT SIE DANK
Meter: 7.7.7.7.
Key: D Major
Source: "Neues geistreiches Gesangbuch," Halle, 1704



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