1 A hymn of praise today we raise
To Christ, our living King,
And in reply the bending sky
Shall with its echo ring.
With heart and voice we will rejoice
Our praises to prolong,
Till ev’ry one beneath the sun
Shall learn our joyful song.
With happy hearts and free;
To glorious victory!
While proudly floats our banner bright
O’er ev’ry sea and land,
To win the world for Jesus Christ,
United we will stand.
2 Each foe we meet we will defeat,
With weapons sharp and strong,
Till all shall yield, and from the field
Shall fly the vanquished throng.
Each gospel dart shall pierce apart
The armor of our foe,
And ours shall be the victory,
Wherever we may go. [Refrain]
3 With zeal imbued, and strength renewed,
We’ll gird us for the fray;
With courage bold the right uphold,
Till dawns the perfect day;
When strife shall cease, and perfect peace
On ev’ry heart shall fall;
Till all unite in holy rite
To crown Him Lord of all. [Refrain]
Ada Jane Blenkhorn Canada 1858-1927 Born in Cobourg, Ontario, the 10th of 11 children, she emigrated with her family to the U.S. In 1884 and settled in Cleveland, OH.. She was raised a Methodist, and began writing hymn lyrics at age 34. A prolific writer of hymn lyrics, she was about to give it up when a friend encouraged her to continue, telling her some soul might be saved by a hymn she would write. She worked for many years as secretary to her brother, Henry's, real estate company. After his death in 1923, she became president of the company. She never married.
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