1 Hark! the sound of the fight hath gone forth,
And we must not tarry at home;
For our Lord, from the South and the North
has commanded his soldiers to come.
We must on, with our banner unfurled;
We must on, 'tis Jesus who leads;
We must haste to conquer the world,
With the sign of the Lamb who bleeds.
2 We must stand to our colors like men,
Our Lord is a leader to love;
For the wounded He heals,
and the slain he crowns in the city above,
We must march to the battle with speed;
Upon earth our duty is strife:
Oh, how blest are the soldiers who bleed
For the Saviour who died to give life.
3 There is Jesus in Heaven above,
There is Jesus on earth below;
And His the one standard we love--
And his the one watchword we know--
Let us sing the new song of the Lamb--
Let us sing round our Banner so brave.
Let us sing of that beautiful Blood
Which was shed to redeem and to save.
Raised in the Church of England, Frederick W. Faber (b. Calverly, Yorkshire, England, 1814; d. Kensington, London, England, 1863) came from a Huguenot and strict Calvinistic family background. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and ordained in the Church of England in 1839. Influenced by the teaching of John Henry Newman, Faber followed Newman into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 and served under Newman's supervision in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Because he believed that Roman Catholics should sing hymns like those written by John Newton, Charles Wesley, and William Cowpe, Faber wrote 150 hymns himself. One of his best known, "Faith of Our Fathers," originally had these words in its third stanza: "Faith of Our Fathers! Mary'… Go to person page >