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Fight the good fight

Fight the good fight; lay hold

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: COOPER (Everett)
Published in 14 hymnals

Representative Text

Fight the good fight; lay hold
Upon eternal life;
Keep but thy shield, be bold,
Stand through the hottest strife;
Invincible while in the field,
Thou canst not fail, unless thou yield.

No force of earth or hell,
Though fiends with men unite,
Truth's champion can compel,
However press'd, to flight;
Invincible upon the field,
He cannot fall, unless he yield.

Apollyon's arm may shower
Darts thick as hail, and hide
Heaven's face, as in the hour,
When Christ on Calvary died;
No powers of darkness in the field
Can tread thee down, unless thou yield.

Trust in thy Saviour's might;
Yea, fill thy latest breath,
Fight, and like Him in fight,
By dying conquer death;
And all-victorious in the field,
Then with thy sword, thy spirit yield.

Great words are these, and strong
Yet Lord, I look to Thee,
To whom alone belong,
Valour and victory;
With Thee, my Captain in the field,
I must prevail, I cannot yield.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Fight the good fight; lay hold
Title: Fight the good fight
Author: James Montgomery
Copyright: Public Domain


Fight the good fight; lay hold. J. Montgomery. [The Fight of Faith.] Written Feb. 14, 1834 (M. MSS.), and given in Ferguson's Selection of Hymns for British Seamen, 1838; and in the same year, with alterations, in Joshua Fawcett's Temple Offerings. It was also included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 158, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed, "Valiant for the Truth." It is in several collections in Great Britain and America, but usually in an abbreviated form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #582

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d227

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Hymns of the Church Militant #201


Sacred Poems and Hymns #158

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b689

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #689

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Songs for the Sanctuary #689

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Songs for the Sanctuary #689

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Songs for the Sanctuary #689

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #689

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #689

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d223

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #139a

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d243

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