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The Banner of the Cross

We are going forth to conquer

Author: Harriet M. Chester
Tune: [We are going forth to conquer]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

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

Author: Harriet M. Chester

Chester, Henrietta Mary, née Goff. Mrs. Mary Chester is the eldest daughter of Mr. George Goff, who died in 1830, at Lausanne, where he had long resided. Mr. Goff's ancestors settled in Ireland in the time of Cromwell, but the main branch of the family has been long established in Hampshire. Miss Goff was married, in 1856, to Mr. Harry Chester, who was well known as an Assistant Secretary of the Committee of Council of Education, and as one of the foremost of the promoters of the extension of popular education, in connection with the National Society, the London Diocesan Board, and other institutions. Mrs. Chester, who was left a widow in 1868, is the author of a small volume of Stories, called Meg's Primroses and of A History of Russia,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We are going forth to conquer
Title: The Banner of the Cross
Author: Harriet M. Chester
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O the banner of the cross
Copyright: Public Domain



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Joyful Sound #30

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Sacred Trio #206

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The Sacred Trio #206

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