1 We are going forth to conquer
In the army of the Lord,
We are under marching orders
That he left us in his word;
In the cause of our Redeemer
We will count the world but dross,
And we’ll sound aloud our watchword,
‘Tis the banner of the cross.
O the banner of the cross,
For the sake of him who gave it,
We will count the world but dross;
We’ll defend it with our lives,
And we’ll gladly suffer loss,
For the honor and protection of the banner of the cross.
2 Though our many foes may rally
Like a host on ev’ry side,
Yet for ev’ry coming danger
Our Redeemer will provide;
With his blessed name engraven
On our banner waving bright,
We will hail it as our signal
In the thickest of the fight. [Refrain]
3 When our warfare is accomplished,
What a shouting there will be;
In the kingdom of our Father,
When each other’s face we see,
What a joy for ev’ry trial!
What a gain for ev’ry loss!
And we’ll praise our Lord and Saviour
For the banner of the cross. [Refrain]
Source: Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selections #30