Say not the struggle naught availeth

Say not the struggle naught availeth

Published in 10 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Say not, The struggle nought availeth,
The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not nor faileth,
And as things have been they remain.

2 If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase e'en now the fliers,
And but for you possess the field.

3 For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

4 And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light;
In front the sun climbs slow how slowly!
But westward, look! the land is bright.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #402

Text Information

First Line: Say not the struggle naught availeth
Copyright: Public Domain



GENEVAN 98/118 is the one tune in the Psalter Hymnal used for two psalms. It was first published in the 1551 Genevan Psalter as a setting for Psalm 118; in the 1562 edition it was also set to Psalm 98 (hence both numbers in the tune name). The tune is also often named RENDEZ A DIEV, the French incip…

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BOLTON (Lightwood)



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American Student Hymnal #d274

Hymns for the Celebration of Life #d208

Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #306

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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #402

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d570

Songs for Worship #d154

Songs of praise #637

The New Hymnal of Praise #d302

The Student Hymnary #d304

The University Hymn Book #d195

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