1 We are faithful soldiers of the cross,
Daily fighting self and sin—
And the battle must be fiercely fought
If we hope a crown to win.
Lose not heart if sometimes ye shall fail,
Ne’er despair nor make retreat;
From thy failure rise to noble aim,
Wrest some vict’ry from defeat!
We’re marching on to stronger heights,
The banner of Christ before;
We ask not ease, nor sweet delights,
But we’ll fight till the battle’s o’er!
2 Lift on high the standard of the cross,
Where our Saviour bled and died;
In that sign we conquer ev’ry foe,
Thro’ the Christ, the crucified.
God is guide, and He will ever aid,
He is mighty to defend;
Never, never need ye be dismayed,
he will prove thy steadfast Friend! [Refrain]
3 Ask great things, and God will surely hear,
If His mercy ye will claim;
“More than conqu’rors” shall His soldiers be;
Ask, then ask in Jesus’ name!
Courage! patience! soldiers of the cross,
Bravely serving till ye die;
Joy awaiteth ev’ry faithful heart,
Peace is coming by and by! [Refrain]
Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)
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