Go Forward

Go forward, is the great command

Author: William H. Clark
Tune: [Go forward, is the great command]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Go forward, is the great command;
The threat’ning dangers all will yield
To them with earnest heart and hand,
Who mean to die or win the field.

It is the captain’s great command,
Go forward, and the land possess;
Lo, I will be at thy right hand,
To aid, defend, to guide and bless.

2 The clouds may darken and obscure
The path that leads to victory;
Yet form that path, if naught allure,
Thou shalt emerge triumphantly. [Chorus]

3 Go forward, e’en tho’ mountains rise
And interpose their forms sublime;
Scale thou their summits, and thine eyes
Shall see from thence that brighter clime. [Chorus]

4 If ocean’s wild, tempestuous gales
Dash angry waves against thy bark,
With steady helm and well-trimmed sails,
Go forward still straight to the mark. [Chorus]

5 Tho’ prospects all be blasted quite,
Tho’ friends desert, and hopes decay,
Beyond the darkest clouds there’s light;
Go forward, and behold the day. [Chorus]

Source: Light and Life Songs: adapted especially to sunday schools, prayer meetings and other social services #70

Author: William H. Clark

Clark, William Henry. (Racine, Wisconsin, April 8, 1854--November 8, 1925, Rome, New York). Free Methodist. In his infancy, his parents returned to their former home in New York State, where his mother soon died, and his father married a close friend of hers, who forecast, after William's conversion in 1873, that one day he would be a bishop. He served the Susquehanna Conference of his denomination as a pastor and district superintendent from 1876 until 1919, when his stepmother's prediction came true. Meanwhile, he had been a member of the joint commission of the Free and Wesleyan Methodist Churches which compiled the Hymnal of 1910, and contributed some items to it. He died in office, requesting no eulogy at his funeral. --Arlene Clyde… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Go forward, is the great command
Title: Go Forward
Author: William H. Clark
Refrain First Line: It is the Captain's great command
Copyright: Public Domain



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Free Methodist Hymnal #396

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Light and Life Songs #70

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The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #396

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