'Tis the onward march

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1 ‘Tis the onward march of the conquering host!
‘Tis the army of the Lord!
Hear the joyful shout! in his name we trust,
For sure is his holy word.

Refrain:
Come, linger on longer,
From your sluggish sleep arise!
With the shield of faith and the sword of truth,
Win your way to the victor’s prize.

2 Put your armor on and your trust in God,
For the foe is near at hand,
Where the saints have fought, and the ransomed trod,
There firm for your Captain stand. [Refrain]

3 Join the glorious ranks as they pass along—
Ere the day of grace be gone,
You can never vanquish a foe so strong,
If left to yourself alone. [Refrain]

Source: Wondrous Love: A Collection of Songs and Services for Sunday Schools #38

Author: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Tis the onward march
Author: George F. Root
Refrain First Line: Come, linger on no longer

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Wondrous Love: A Collection of Songs and Services for Sunday Schools #38

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