146. 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. [Chorus]

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. [Chorus]

Text Information
First Line: Gird on your steadfast armor
Title: The Banner of the Cross
Author: E. M. Bangs
Refrain First Line: Then onward to the battle
Language: English
Publication Date: 1916
Tune Information
Name: [Gird on your steadfast armor]
Composer: Chas. H. Gabriel
Key: E Major
Copyright: Copyright, 1913, by Chas. H. Gabriel. E.O. Excell, Owner.

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