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Onward! Christian Warriors

Onward, O Christian warriors

Author: Samuel Francis Smith
Tune: [Onward! O Christian Warriors]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Onward! O Christian Warriors,
Where’er the trumpet calls;
Onward! the Leader summons,
Beyond the shelt’ring walls;
Onward! the work awaits you,
Fear not the cold world’s frown,
Arm for the glorious conflict,
Then wear the victor’s crown.

2 Onward! with loving purpose,
Where crime and sorrow reign;
Onward! like men in earnest,
Onward! with heart and brain;
Onward! to save the erring,
To break the bonds of sin;
Onward! the lost to rescue,
Gems for Christ’s crown to win.

3 Onward! the battle thickens;
The Captain’s signal see;
Onward! to deeds of glory,
Onward! to victory;
Onward! with God assisting,
Like soldiers true and brave,
Till o’er the conquered fortress,
Salvation’s banner waves.

Source: Songs of the Kingdom: prepared for the use of young people's societies and adapter for prayer meetings, Sunday schools and the home #63

Author: Samuel Francis Smith

Smith, Samuel Francis, D.D., was born in Boston, U.S.A., Oct. 21, 1808, and graduated in arts at Harvard, and in theology at Andover. He entered the Baptist ministry in 1832, and became the same year editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. He also contributed to the Encyclopaedia Americana. From 1834 to 1842 he was pastor at Waterville, Maine, and Professor of Modern Languages in Waterville College. In 1842 he removed to Newton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1854, when he became the editor of the publications of the Baptist Missionary Union. With Baron Stow he prepared the Baptist collection known as The Psalmist, published in 1843, to which he contributed several hymns. The Psalmist is the most creditable and influential of… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Onward, O Christian warriors
Title: Onward! Christian Warriors
Author: Samuel Francis Smith



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Songs of the Kingdom #63

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