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515. The Son of God Goes Forth to War

1 The Son of God goes forth to war,
A kingly crown to gain;
His blood-red banner streams afar:
Who follows in His train?
Who best can drink his cup of woe,
Triumphant over pain,
Who patient bears His cross below,
He follows in His train.

2 The martyr first, whose eagle eye
Could pierce beyond the grave,
Who saw his Master in the sky,
And called on Him to save.
Like Him, with pardon on his tongue
In midst of mortal pain,
He prayed for them that did the wrong:
Who follows in His train?

3 A glorious band, the chosen few
On whom the Spirit came,
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,
And mocked the cross and flame:
They met the tyrant's brandished steel,
The lion's gory mane;
They bowed their necks the death to feel:
Who follows in their turn?

4 A noble army, men and boys,
The matron and the maid,
Around the Saviour's throne rejoice,
In robes of light arrayed.
They climbed the steep ascent of heav'n
Through peril, toil, and pain;
O God, to us may grace be giv'n
To follow in their train!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: The Son of God goes forth to war
Title: The Son of God Goes Forth to War
Author: Reginald Heber
Publication Date: 1989
Topic: National Hymns; Warfare, Spiritual
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: [The Son of God goes forth to war]
Composer: Henry S. Cutler
Key: B♭ Major



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