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Cross of Christ, lead onward

Cross of Christ, lead onward

Author: Russell Kelso Carter
Tune: [Cross of Christ! lead onward]
Published in 13 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Cross of Christ! lead onward,
Through the holy war;
In this sign we conquer,
Now and evermore.
Not of man the power,
Not to man the fame;
We are victors only
In our leader’s name.

Cross of Christ! lead onward,
Through the holy war;
In this sign we conquer
Now and evermore.

2. Not with pomp and pageant,
Not in earthly pride;
We must fight our battles
Like the Crucified.
Overcome by suff’ring,
Conquer through defeat;
Tried and tested daily
In the furnace heat. [Refrain]

3. Panoplied in graces,
Bold, yet humbly meek;
Resting while we’re working
Strong, but ever weak.
Timid, though courageous,
Gaining as we give;
Crucified with Jesus,
Yet, in Him, we live. [Refrain]

4. By a cloud encompassed,
Witnesses above;
Saints, apostles, prophets,
Precious ones we love;
While advance is sounding,
Mounts the battle thrill.
Cross of Christ! lead onward
Where the Captain will. [Refrain]

5. Marching in the pathway
That the Master trod,
Walks One daily with us
Like the Son of God.
To the end enduring,
Armor ne’er laid down
Till the cross leads upward
To the blood bought crown. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #771

Author: Russell Kelso Carter

Russel Kelso Carter was a professor in the Pennsylvania Military College of Chester. While there he was licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became very active in leading camp meetings and revivals. After failing health forced him to abandon this work, he studied and became a medical doctor as well as a writer. He wrote novels as well as hymns. 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: Cross of Christ, lead onward
Author: Russell Kelso Carter
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #771
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Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Hymns of the Christian Life #365


The Cyber Hymnal #771

Include 11 pre-1979 instances
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