1 Pressing on to battle, with our banners all unfurled;
Marching on with Jesus, who by love redeems the world;
Strong in faith and courage true, and eager for the fight,
Stepping out to glory in the gospel light.
Stepping out, stepping out under the standard royal;
Stepping out, stepping out unto our Captain loyal;
Pressing on with a song, making the valleys ring,
Forward to the conflict with our eternal King.
2 Stepping out, undaunted by the fury of the foe,
Sure that he who leads us, will his matchless power show;
Spreading light around us, giving cheer and peace and love,
Hoping to receive the crown of life above. [Refrain]
3 Stepping out, obeying all the orders as they come,
Daily getting nearer to the gates of home, sweet home;
Christ will keep us faithful till we meet him face to face
In that homeland of the souls redeemed by grace. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >