His Banner Over Me is Love

Surrounded by unnumbered foes

Author: Gerald Massey (1863)
Published in 32 hymnals

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1 Surrounded by unnumbered foes,
Against my soul the battle goes;
Yet though I weary, sore distrest,
I know that I shall reach my rest:
I lift my tearful eyes above,--
His banner over me is love.

2 Its sword my spirit will not yield,
Though flesh may faint upon the field;
He waves before my fading sight
The branch of palm, the crown of light:
I lift my brightening eyes above,--
His banner over me is love.

3 My cloud of battle-dust may dim,
His veil of splendor curtain Him;
And in the midnight of my fear
I may not feel Him standing near:
But as I lift mine eyes above,
His banner over me is love.

Amen.

The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Gerald Massey

Massey, Gerald, was b. May 29, 1828, in the parish of Tring, Herts, was for some time on the staff of the London Atherneum, and frequently contributed to the Quarterly Review. He has published many volumes of poems. The following have been used as hymns:— 1. Jerusalem the golden! I languish for one gleam. [Heaven.] In the Sunday Magazine, May 1865, p. 7. In his Tale of Eternity, 1870, p. 235, it reads "I weary for." 2. Surrounded by unnumbered foes. [Christian Courage.] In his Tale of Eternity, 1870, p. 272. 3. There lives a voice within me. [God's Voice.] In his Ballad of Babe Christabel, 1854, p. 32, entitled "This world is full of beauty." Mr. Massey died at South Norwood, London, Oct. 29,1907.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Surrounded by unnumbered foes
Title: His Banner Over Me is Love
Author: Gerald Massey (1863)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Language: English
Refrain First Line: His banner over me is love
Copyright: Public Domain

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[Surrounded by unnumbered foes]


CREDO (Stainer)

John Stainer (b. Southwark, London, England, 1840; d. Verona, Italy, 1901) composed CREDO for the text "We Saw Thee Not When Thou Didst Come"; the tune was published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875). CREDO, like some other Victorian tunes, depends as much on its harmonization as on its melody for…

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