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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

Forward March

Lift the King's own standard in the field today

Author: Thoro Harris
Tune: [Lift the King's own standard in the field today]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Lift the King’s own standard in the field today,
Loyal soldiers of the Cross;
Onward into battle, now the call obey,
Ye shall never suffer loss.

Forward march,
Forward march,
Oh, plant the banner of the Cross,
Over moor and dale,
Over hill and vale,
It shall never suffer loss.

2 Christ, our royal Captain, conquers ev’ry foe,
Love and courage must prevail;
Where His banner leads you onward gladly go,
With His sword ye cannot fail. [Refrain]

3 Lift the royal standard in the field today,
Charge, O soldiers of the King;
When the war is over as you march away,
Songs of vict’ry you shall sing. [Refrain]

Source: Sunshine No. 2: songs for the Sunday school #64

Author: Thoro Harris

Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC. Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include: Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904) Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lift the King's own standard in the field today
Title: Forward March
Author: Thoro Harris
Refrain First Line: Forward march



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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Echoes of Paradise #140

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Gospel Carols #97

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Sunshine No. 2 #64

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