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1 There’s a call comes ringing thro’out earth’s domain,
From the Christ of Calv’ry who was for us slain;
He wants loyal soldiers who will fight ‘gainst sin,
In this world of conflict and vict’ry win.
Forward press with Jesus’ banner wide unfurled;
We’ll lift the cross, to all this ruined world;
Soon the days of warfare will be o’er,
Then He will welcome us to yonder shore.
2 Win the war ‘gainst Satan, counting not the cost;
Christ is our commander, and He knows no loss;
Come, enlist for service; whether great or small,
In the ranks of battle there’s a place for all. [Chorus]
3 Soon we’ll come rejoicing with the blood-washed throng,
with the hosts in heaven sing the victor’s song;
See the fore retreating! we’ll the vict’ry win,
We can surely triumph o’er the pow’rs of sin. [Chorus]
Widmeyer, Charles B. (Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 1884--California, December 14, 1974). Studied vocal music from age 12 under J.M. Cowgill; at age 15 began teaching classes of his own. First song was written at age 15. The first one published, "Upon the Cross," was written at age 20.
Bachelor of Music degree from Bethany-Peniel, Bethany, Oklahoma. Wrote more than 350 songs; edited or contributed to many songbooks. "Come and Dine" was written following the reading of John 21:12 and his meditation on the similarity between the tired, hungry disciples and people of his day both spiritually and physically hungry; translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Serbian.
--E. Roger Taylor, DNAH Archives Go to person page >