Be Thou Faithful

Representative Text

1 This world's a field of battle,
But God is on our side,
We must not shrink from danger,
Who serve the Crucified.

Chorus:
Be faithful, Oh, be faithful,
Soon ends the battle strife;
Oh, be thou faithful unto death,
And win the crown of life.

2 The ranks of sin are breaking,
Our comrades hold the field;
Their cry is "No surrender,"
Fight on and never yield. [Chorus]

3 "Be faithful, gasp the dying,
Their last words whisper cheer;
Fill up the ranks for Jesus,
And leave not place for fear. [Chorus]



Source: Singing by the Way (Rev. ed.) #51

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: This world's a field of battle
Title: Be Thou Faithful
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Refrain First Line: Be faithful, O, be faithful
Copyright: Public Domain

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Singing by the Way (Rev. ed.) #51

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