An endless line of splendor

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1. An endless line of splendor,
These troops with Heav’n for home,
With creeds they go from Scotland,
With incense go from Rome.
These, in the name of Jesus,
Against the dark gods stand,
They gird the earth with valor,
They heed their king’s command.

2. Onward the line advances,
Shaking the hills with power,
Slaying the hidden demons,
The lions that devour.
No bloodshed in the wrestling—
But souls new born arise—
The nations growing kinder,
The child-hearts growing wise.

3. What is the final ending?
The issue, can we know?
Will Christ outlive Mohammed?
Will Kali’s altar go?
This is our faith tremendous—
Our wild hope, who shall scorn—
That in the name of Jesus
The world shall be reborn!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1342

Author: Vachel Lindsay

Lindsay, Vachel. (Springfield, Illinois, November 10, 1879--December 4, 1931, Springfield, Ill.). This noted American poet was an enthusiastic supporter of the Disciple movement (see, for example, his poem "Alexander Campbell"), and one of his short pieces, "Foreign Missions in Battle Array," was used as a hymn in Christian Worship (1941), having appeared earlier in the nondenominational Christian Worship and Praise (1939). It begins: An endless line of splendor, These troops with heaven for home, With creeds they go from Scotland, With incense go from Rome. --George Brandon, DNAH Archives Also: Lintsey, Veitsel Lindsay, Nicholas Vachel Go to person page >

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First Line: An endless line of splendor
Author: Vachel Lindsay
Language: English



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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