Only an Armor Bearer

Only an armor-bearer, proudly I stand

Author: P. P. Bliss
Tune: [Only an armor bearer, firmly I stand]
Published in 19 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. Only an armor bearer, firmly I stand,
Waiting to follow at the King’s command;
Marching, if Onward shall the order be,
Standing by my Captain, serving faithfully.

Hear ye the battle cry! Forward! the call;
See, see the falt’ring ones, backward they fall;
Surely my Captain may depend on me,
Tho’ but an armor bearer I may be;
Surely my Captain may depend on me,
Tho’ but an armor bearer I may be.

2. Only an armor bearer, now in the field,
Guarding a shining helmet, sword, and shield,
Waiting to hear the thrilling battle cry,
Ready then to answer, Master, here am I. [Refrain]

3. Only an armor bearer, yet may I share
Glory immortal, and a bright crown wear;
If in the battle to my trust I’m true,
Mine shall be the honors in the Grand Review. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4679

Author: P. P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss (b. Clearfield County, PA, 1838; d. Ashtabula, OH, 1876) left home as a young boy to make a living by working on farms and in lumber camps, all while trying to continue his schooling. He was converted at a revival meeting at age twelve. Bliss became an itinerant music teacher, making house calls on horseback during the winter, and during the summer attending the Normal Academy of Music in Genesco, New York. His first song was published in 1864, and in 1868 Dwight L. Moody advised him to become a singing evangelist. For the last two years of his life Bliss traveled with Major D. W. Whittle and led the music at revival meetings in the Midwest and Southern United States. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey published a popular series of hym… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Only an armor-bearer, proudly I stand
Title: Only an Armor Bearer
Author: P. P. Bliss
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Surely the Captain may depend on me
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Cyber Hymnal #4679

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