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486. When thy soldiers take their swords

1 When thy soldiers take their swords,
When they speak the solemn words,
When they kneel before thee here,
Feeling thee, their Father, near;
These thy children, Lord, defend;
To their help Thy Spirit send.

2 When the world’s sharp strife is nigh,
When they hear the battle-cry,
When they rush into the fight,
Knowing not temptation’s might;
These thy children, Lord, defend;
To their zeal thy wisdom lend.

3 When their hearts are lifted high
With success or victory,
When they feel the conqu'ror’s pride;
Lest they grow self-satisfied,
These thy children, Lord, defend;
Teach their souls to thee to bend.

4 When the vows that they have made,
When the pray'rs that they have prayed,
Shall be fading from their hearts;
When their first warm faith departs;
These thy children, Lord, defend;
Keep them faithful to the end.

5 Through life’s conflicts guard us all,
Or if wounded some should fall
Ere the victory be won,
For the sake of Christ, thy Son,
These thy children, Lord, defend;
And in death thy comfort lend.


Text Information
First Line: When thy soldiers take their swords
Author: Frances M. Owen
Publication Date: 1961
Meter: 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7.
Scripture: Job 19:25; Psalm 20:1; Ephesians 6:17
Topic: Christian Life: The Christian Warfare; Faith: Confession of; God: Defender (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John H. Gower
Meter: 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7.
Key: D Major

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