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Onward, ever onward

Christ has need of soldiers

Author: Marian Wendell Hubbard
Tune: [Christ has need of soldiers]
Published in 4 hymnals

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1. Christ has need of soldiers,
brave and staunch and true;
In the front of battle
there’s a place for you;
Ever marching onward
through a world of sin,
For the heav’nly country
is the prize we win.

Onward! soldiers of the cross,
Doubting never, trusting ever;
Onward! soldiers of the cross,
Trusting the Lord, heeding His Word,
Onward to victory!

2. Satan would oppose us,
tempt our souls to stray,
But through Him who loves us
we shall win the day;
Other valiant soldiers
in the ages past,
O’er this upward pathway
reached their home at last. [Refrain]

3. Let us then with courage
press our upward way,
With our gaze on Jesus,
ever watch and pray;
Blazoned on our banner,
Christ the Lord of all,
While we shout, Hosanna,
Satan’s hosts must fall. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5256

Author: Marian Wendell Hubbard

Marian Wendell Hubbard was sent to be educated in Pawtuckett, Rhode Island at the age of nine, after the death of her mother. At the age of eighteen she worked in Philadelphia as a proof reader. At this time she also wrote articles and poetry for publication. She wrote hymns for an Elgin, Illinois publisher. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ has need of soldiers
Title: Onward, ever onward
Author: Marian Wendell Hubbard
Refrain First Line: Onward, soldiers of the cross



The Cyber Hymnal #5256
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