Forward Soldiers

Forward, soldiers, bold and fearless

Author: Frederic Denison
Tune: [Forward, soldiers, bold and fearless] (Hall)
Published in 4 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Forward, soldiers, bold and fearless,
Hear the call of God;
Prove your courage in the conflict,
Tread where brave men trod.

Lift aloft the cross of Jesus,
Hold it high and strong;
Shout the name of him who saves us,
Swell the battle song.

2 Faith our shield, and hope our helmet,
Satan’s hosts we face;
Marshaled in the might of Jesus,
Win we by his grace. [Refrain]

3 Heed the order of our Captain,
Wield the Spirit’s sword;
Onward, fearless, press to conquer,
Slaying by his Word. [Refrain]

4 They shall share the glad Hosanna,
Who on him believe;
They shall ’neath his royal banner
Crowns of life receive. [Refrain]

Source: The Service of Praise #142

Author: Frederic Denison

Denison, Frederic. (Stonington, Connecticut, September 28, 1819--August 16, 1901, Providence, Rhode Island). Baptist. Son of Isaac and Levina (Fish) Denison. Brown University, B.A. 1847, and M.A. Pastorates at First Baptist Church, Westerly, Rhode Island, 1847-1854; Central Baptist Church, Norwich, Connecticut, 1854-1859; Baptist Church at Central Falls, Rhode Island, 1859-1861; First Baptist Church, Westerly, Rhode Island, 1865-1871; Baptist Church oat New Haven, Connecticut, 1872-1873; Baptist Church at Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 1874-1876; and Roger Williams Baptist Church, Wanskuck, Providence, Rhode Island, for a few years after leaving Woonsocket. Army chaplain with First Rhode Island Cavalry (1861-1863), and Third Rhode Island Heavy A… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Forward, soldiers, bold and fearless
Title: Forward Soldiers
Author: Frederic Denison
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lift aloft the cross of Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain


Forward, soldiers, bold and fearless. [Christian Conflict.] This is in the Congregational Mission Hymnal, 1890, and others. In School Hymns, 1891, it is ascribed to Henry Downton, but his son thinks this is a mistake. It is a mission hymn, evidently modelled on "Ho, my comrades," p. 150, i. [Rev. James Mearns,, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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