1. Men of faith and men of courage,
Waiting orders from the Lord,
Here’s a telegram from Heaven!
Onward! forward! is the word;
Get you ready for the battle,
Press into the hottest fray,
Onward! forward! be the watchword
All along the lines today.
Ever forward, up and onward!
Men, lift up your hearts and pray,
Trust in God and press the battle,
Vict’ry will be ours today.
2. Ever forward! up and onward,
Our Jehovah bids us go;
Onward! forward! ever onward!
Every heart with faith aglow;
Nerveless sycophants may cower,
We will bold, unfearing be,
For Jehovah’s pledge assures us
Ours will be the victory. [Refrain]
3. Strike for right and strike for justice,
Strike for home and native land!
Strike for God and for His kingdom
With a firm and fearless hand!
Dare to front the evil legions
That would fill us with affright,
For the Lord who reigns in Heaven
Will be with us in the fight. [Refrain]
4. Press the battle! fearless ever,
And the foeman must give way!
Press the battle! never falter!
Vict’ry waits our flag today!
God has pledged His arm of power
And His might will be displayed,
If we press the earnest conflict,
Trusting Him and unafraid. [Refrain]
Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873.
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