1 We are loyal Christian Soldiers in the army of the King,
Underneath his glorious banner marching onward while we sing;
He in love is watching o’er us as we go the heav’nward way,
Guiding, helping and sustaining by His grace, from day to day.
To the work that’s waiting for us
Willing heart and hand we bring:
May we make earth brighter, better,
In the service of the King!
2 There are lives that lack the sunshine of a loving word or deed;
There are hearts that yearn for friendship, there are souls in sorest need;
Oft a smile will make the burden of a comrade lighter seem,
And a word of cheer will brighten shadowed lives with sunny gleam. [Chorus]
3 Can we ask a nobler mission than to do for Christ, each day,
Something that will help another as we journey by the way?
Grateful for God’s many blessings, let us lift our hearts and sing—
Help us make the whole world better in the service of the King! [Chorus]
Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton.
See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co.
--Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >
Display Title: In the Service of the KingFirst Line: We are loyal Christian Soldiers in the army of the KingTune Title: [We are loyal Christian Soldiers in the army of the King]Author: Eben E. RexfordDate: 1913