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Onward, Children, Onward

Representative Text

1 Onward, children, onward! Leave the paths of sin;
Hasten to the strait gate, strive to enter in;
None can knock unheeded, none can strive in vain,
For the Savior’s welcome all that seek obtain.

Onward, children, onward! is the call today;
Come with ready footsteps, and that call obey.

2 Onward, children, onward! In the narrow way.
Christ your Lord shall lead you safely day by day;
And with such a leader what have you to fear?
Satan may oppose you, but your king is near. [Refrain]

3 Onward, ever onward! Till you join the throng
Who in dazzling raiment sing the triumph song,
And to heav’nly music cry with one accord,
"Holy! Holy! Holy! Is our sovereign Lord." [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8765

Author: J. H. Brammall

Brammall, John Holland, nephew of John Holland, the biographer of Montgomery and author of the British Psalmists, was born at Sheffield, Dec. 21, 1831, and educated at the Collegiate School of that town. Although engaged in banking, he has found time for both hymn-writing and music. Most of his hymns and some of his tunes were written for the Sheffield Wesleyan Sunday School Union. Of the former, "Onward, children, onward, leave the paths of sin," is best known. It was written for the Wesleyan Sunday School Union of Sheffield in 1870, and first printed on their Whitsuntide fly-sheet of that year. It has been frequently used at similar gatherings of children. In 1879 it was given anonymously in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, No. 283.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Onward, children, onward
Title: Onward, Children, Onward
Author: J. H. Brammall
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


ST. ALBAN (Haydn)


The popularity of this hymn is partly due to ST. GERTRUDE, the marching tune that Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) composed for this text. The tune was published in the Musical Times of December 1871 in an advertisement for Joseph Barnby's (PHH 438) forthcoming Hymnary, which published both text and tune…

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The Cyber Hymnal #8765
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The Cyber Hymnal #8765

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