1 Striving onward, pressing forward,
Life divine to gain,
We will ever make endeavor
Until we attain;
What detains we’ll cast aside,
By that promise to abide:
Who endureth, life secureth,
And the prize shall gain.
2 While contending, and withstanding
For the truth and right;
Draw us nearer, show us clearer,
Lord, Thy Spirit’s might;
Let Thy word its strength impart
To each sad and yearning heart;
Praise abounding shall be sounding,
At Thy throne of light.
3 In the sorrow which the morrow
May around us roll,
Hold us ever, leave us never,
Save, O save the soul!
Through temptation’s daily strife,
Through the vanities of life,
Lead us onward, forward, upward,
To our glorious goal.
Source: Elmhurst Hymnal: and orders of worship for the Sunday school, young people's meetings and church services #225