Soldiers of the Cross

Soldiers of the cross, arise, arise, gird you with your armor bright

Author: Flora Kirkland
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Soldiers of the cross, arise,
Gird you with your armor bright;
Mighty are your enemies,
Hard the battle ye must fight.

2 O’er a faithless fallen world
Raise your banner in the sky;
Let it float there wide unfurled;
Bear it onward; lift it high.

3 'Mid the homes of want and woe,
Strangers to the living Word,
Let the Savior’s herald go,
Let the voice of hope be heard.

4 Where the shadows deepest lie,
Carry truth’s unsullied ray;
Where are crimes of blackest dye,
There the saving sign display.

5 To the weary and the worn
Tell of realms where sorrows cease;
To the outcast and forlorn
Speak of mercy and of peace.

6 Guard the helpless; seek the strayed;
Comfort troubles; banish grief;
In the might of God arrayed,
Scatter sin and unbelief.

7 Be the banner still unfurled,
Still unsheathed the Spirit’s sword,
Till the kingdoms of the world
Are the kingdom of the Lord.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #482

Author: Flora Kirkland

Flora Kirkland was born in 1862 in Kentucky, before moving to Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from school she became a public school teacher for the seventh grade. She was a member of Tompkins Avenue Congregational Church for which she wrote a number of hymns. She was very active in the Wallabout Bay Mission in that neighborhood of Brooklyn. Most of Wallabout Bay would be filled in to make way for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She died 17 January 1911. Brooklyn Standard Union, 16 January 1911 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Soldiers of the cross, arise, arise, gird you with your armor bright
Title: Soldiers of the Cross
Author: Flora Kirkland
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Arise, arise
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

A Church of England Hymn Book #544

Anglican Hymn Book #317

Church Hymns with Tunes #288

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Church Hymns #322

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #482

Hymns Ancient and Modern (Standard ed.) #588

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Edition #535

Hymns Ancient and Modern, Revised #305

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Hymns We Love, for Sunday Schools and All Devotional Meetings #58

Songs of praise #642

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