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Not with the flashing steel

Not with the flashing steel

Author: E. Davis
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

Not with the flashing steel,
Not with the cannon’s peal,
Or stir of drum;
But in the bonds of love,
Our white flag floats above;
Her emblem is the dove;—
’Tis thus we come.

The laws of Christian light,—
These are our weapons bright,
Our mighty shield;
Christ is our leader high;
And the broad plains which lie
Beneath the blessed sky,
Our battle-field.

What is that great intent
On which each heart is bent,
Our hosts among?
It is that hate may die,
That war’s red curse may fly,
And war’s high praise for aye
No more be sung.

On, then, in God’s great name!
Let each pure spirit’s flame
Burn bright and clear;
Stand firmly in your lot,
Cry ye aloud, doubt not,
Be every fear forgot;
Christ leads us here!

So shall earth’s distant lands,
In happy, holy bands,
One brotherhood,
Together rise and sing,
Gifts to one altar bring,
And heaven’s Eternal King
Pronounce it good.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #419

Author: E. Davis

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Text Information

First Line: Not with the flashing steel
Author: E. Davis



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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #419

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Heart and Voice #d164

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #807

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Hymns of the Spirit #248

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Songs of the League #40


A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #419

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #807

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