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O speed thee, Christian, on thy way

O speed thee, Christian, on thy way

Published in 86 hymnals

Full Text

1 Oh, speed thee Christian, on thy way,
And to thy armor cling;
With girded loins the call obey
That grace and mercy bring.

2 There is a battle to be fought,
An upward race to run;
A crown of glory to be sought,
A victory to be won.

3 The shield of faith repels the dart
That Satan’s hand may throw;
His arrow cannot reach thy heart,
If Christ control the bow.

4. The glowing lamp of prayer will light
Thee on thy anxious road;
‘Twill keep the goal of heav’n in sight,
And guide thee to Thy God.

5 O, faint not, Christian, for thy sighs
Are heard before His throne;
The race must come before the prize,
The cross before the crown.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #389

Text Information

First Line: O speed thee, Christian, on thy way


0 speed thee, Christian, on thy way. [The Christian Race.] This is found in Sacred Melodies, or Hymns for Youth. By a Lady, N. Y., 1840-1. In the English Baptist Hymnal, 1879, it is attributed to Bp. H. U. Onderdonk, but upon what authority, we are unable to determine.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)