1. List to the sentry's call, "Who goes there?"
A sound of martial tread upon the air
Tells us of a surprise;
Error in truth's disguise
Once more to rout us tries
Fall into line and await the call to battle;
Fear not the foe, nor the cannon's mighty rattle;
For truth and righteousness stand, and our God shall bless
With victory till we the field possess.
2. Often the enemy has made attack,
Oft in disorder too been beaten back;
God bids us never yield;
He'll save to us the field
And give, as truth we wield,
The strength we lack. [Chorus]
3. On, on then to the fray, O Christian host!
Let God forever be your strength and boast,
Forward at His command,
He leads with His own hand;
Then faithful ever stand
At duty's post. [Chorus]
4. Ere long God's truth shall triumph ev'rywhere;
The faithful ones shall then His glory share;
Error shall down be hurled,
Love's banner be unfurled,
And o'er a sinless world
Float ever there. [Chorus]
Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant.
His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >