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Sleep not, soldier of the cross

Representative Text

1. Sleep not, soldier of the cross;
Foes are lurking all around:
Look not here to find repose;
This is but thy battle ground.

2. Up, and take thy shield and sword;
Up, it is the call of heav'n;
Shrink not faithless from thy Lord,
Nobly strive as He hath striv'n.

3. Break thro' all the force of ill,
Treat the might of passion down,
Struggle onward, onward still,
To the conqu'ring Saviour's crown.

4. Thro' the midst of toil and pain,
Let this tho't ne'er leave thy breast,
Ev'ry triumph thou dost gain
Makes more sweet thy coming rest.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #835

Author: William Gaskell

Gaskell, William, M.A., son of Mr. William Gaskell, was born at Latchford (a suburb of Warrington, on the Cheshire side of the Mersey), 24 July, 1805. He was educated at Manchester New College and at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated M.A. in 1825. In 1828 he became co-pastor with the Rev. J. G. Robberds at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester, a position he held until his death. Mr. Gaskell was a man of cultivated mind and considerable literary ability. His publications include Lectures on the Lancashire Dialect, 1853, a small volume of Temperance Rhymes, 1839, and various theological works. In 1832 he married Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson, who afterwards attained celebrity as the authoress of Mary Barton, and of other popul… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sleep not, soldier of the cross
Author: William Gaskell





The tune MONKLAND has a fascinating if complex history. Rooted in a tune for the text "Fahre fort" in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) famous hymnal, Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), it then was significantly altered by John Antes (b. Frederick, PA, 1740; d. Bristol, England, 1811) in a Moravian m…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #314

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #314

Asaph #d237

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Better Than Pearls #176

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Christ in Song #835

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Echoes from Zion #121f

Gloria in Excelsis #d607

Gloria in Excelsis #d375

Heart and Voice #d149

Heart and Voice #d154

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Hymns and Tunes #222

Hymns for Social Worship. 6th ed. #d207

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #766

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d952

Mission Songs #d126

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #454

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Our Sunday School #17

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #808

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Songs for the King's Business #109

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Songs for the Service of Prayer #300

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Songs of Devotion for Christian Assocations #554

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The Baptist Praise Book #971

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The Christian Hymn Book #884

The Christian Hymnal #d606

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The Christian Hymnal #466

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The Christian hymnal #484

The Christian Hymnist #d481

The Church and School #d183

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The Devotional Chimes #215b

The Gospel Hymnal #d544

The Ideal Song and Hymn Book #d289

The Praise Hymnal #d400

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The Reformed Church Hymnal #401

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #283c

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d935

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #605

The Soldier's Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #d202

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The Voice of Thanksgiving #111

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The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 2 #111

Two Hundred and Fifty-two Familiar Hymns #d171

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