Storm the Forts of Darkness

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1 Soldiers of our God, arise!
The day is drawing nearer;
Shake the slumber from your eyes,
The light is growing clearer.
Sit no longer idly by,
While the heedless millions die;
Lift the blood-stained banner high,
And take the field for Jesus.

Storm the forts of darkness, bring them down, bring them down!
Storm the forts of darkness, bring them down, bring them down!
Pull down the devil’s kingdom,
Where’er he holds dominion,
Storm the forts of darkness, bring them down.
Glory, honor to the Lamb,
Praise and power to the Lamb;
Glory, honor, praise and power,
Be forever to the Lamb.

2 See the brazen hosts of hell,
Their art and pow’r employing;
More than human tongue can tell,
The blood-bought souls destroying.
Hark! from ruin’s ghastly road,
Victims groan beneath their load,
Forward, O ye sons of God,
And dare or die for Jesus. [Refrain]

3 Warriors of the risen King,
Great army of salvation,
Spread His fame, His praises sing,
And conquer every nation.
Raise the glorious standard higher,
Work for vict’ry, never tire;
Forward march with blood and fire,
And win the world for Jesus. [Refrain]

Songs and Music [Salvation Army], 1922 (Timeless Truths)

Author: R. E. Hudson

Ralph Hudson (1843-1901) was born in Napoleon, OH. He served in the Union Army in the Civil War. After teaching for five years at Mt. Union College in Alliance he established his own publishing company in that city. He was a strong prohibitionist and published The Temperance Songster in 1886. He compiled several other collections and supplied tunes for gospel songs, among them Clara Tear Williams' "All my life long I had panted" (Satisfied). See 101 More Hymn Stories, K. Osbeck, Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1985). Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Author: Robert Johnson

19th Century Born: Scotland. Pseudonym: Captain Johnson. Johnson worked for the Salvation Army (SA) in Scotland and in London. A singer and violinist, some of his songs appeared in the SA’s War Cry and Musical Salvationist, 1882-7.  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Soldiers of our God, arise!
Title: Storm the Forts of Darkness
Author: R. E. Hudson
Author: Robert Johnson (1884)
Meter: D with refrain
Source: The Salvation Army, Songs and Music, 1922 (312)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Storm the forts of darkness, bring them down, bring them down!
Copyright: Public Domain



Timeless Truths #352
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