Soldiers, go, but not to claim
Mouldering spoils of earthborn treasure,
Not to build a vaunting name,
Not to dwell in tents of pleasure,
Dream not that the way is smooth,
Hope not that the thorns are roses,
Turn no wishful eye of youth,
Where the sunny beam reposes.
Thou hast sterner work to do,
Hast to cut thy passage through;
Close behind the gulfs are burning:
Forward then, there's no returning.
Charlotte Elizabeth was born at Norwich in 1790. Her father, the Rev. Michael Browne, was Rector of S. Giles' parish in that city. She married Captain George Phelan, of the army, but the union proved an unhappy one. Thrown upon her own resources, she contributed to the Dublin Tract Society, and in 1834, became editor of "The Christian Ladies' Magazine." Her husband died in 1837. In 1840, she married Mr. L.H. Tonna, but continued to retain her two Christian names as her literary designation. She died in 1846. Her works are very numerous.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Display Title: Soldiers, go, but not to claimFirst Line: Soldiers, go, but not to claimTune Title: CHRISTIAN SOLDIER Meter: 7, 8, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7, 7, 8, 8Date: 1854Source: Dover Selection p. 134