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.
Hiller, Philipp Friedrich, son of Johann Jakob Hiller, pastor at Mühlhausen on the the Enz, Württemberg, was born at Mühlhausen, Jan. 6, 1699. He was educated at the clergy training schools at Denkendorf (under J. A. Bengel) and Maulbronn, and the University of Tübingen (M.A. 1720). His first clerical appointment was as assistant at Brettach, near Neckarsulm, 1724-27. He afterwards held similar posts at Hessigheim and elsewhere, and was also, from 1729-31, a private tutor at Nürnberg. He was then, on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1732, instituted as pastor of Neckargröningen, on the Neckar, near Marbach. In 1736 he became pastor of his native place, and in 1748 pastor at Steinheim, near Heidenheim. In his third year of residence at Steinheim… Go to person page >