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On the firing line

To the front away, in the gospel war

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [To the front away, in the gospel war]
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 To the front away, in the gospel war,
With the cross of Christ going on before;
‘Mid the fire and smoke, and the cannon’s roar,
We’ll shoulder to shoulder stand.

We are out today on the firing line,
For the truth and right we will boldly fight;
We are out today on the firing line,
A victorious, loyal band;
See our banners wave, hear the bugles blow,
Sounding out o’er sea and land;
In unbroken line on to vict’ry go,
And shoulder to shoulder stand.

2 Down the battle line pass the word along,
Let your faith be firm and your courage strong;
Tho’ the foe be fierce and the fight be long,
We’ll shoulder to shoulder stand. [Refrain]

3 Out and out for God and for holiness,
We will keep in rank and the battle press;
With the gospel armor of righteousness
We’ll shoulder to shoulder stand. [Refrain]

4 Till in ev’ry land is our flag unfurled,
Till the enemy from his throne is hurled;
Preaching full salvation to all the world,
We’ll shoulder to shoulder stand. [Refrain]

Source: The Best of All: complete #S4

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: To the front away, in the gospel war
Title: On the firing line
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Refrain First Line: We are out today on the firing line



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Hymns and Sacred Songs #169

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Joy and Praise #48

Selected Sunday School Songs #d216

Service Songs #d243

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Songs of Hope for the Church and Sunday School #132

Songs of Praise and Power #d299

Sunday School Voices, No.2 #d224

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The Best of All #S4

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The Popular Hymnal #277

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