Words of cheer from the battle of life

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1 Words of cheer from the battlefield of life,
Welcome tidings from the war;
Glorious news from the grand and holy strife,
Soon the conflict will be o'er.

Chorus:
Words of battle cheer! tidings from the war!
"How has gone the conflict?" Vict'ry's near;
Words of battle cheer! tidings from the war!
Glorious news of vict'ry! Words of cheer.

2 Fierce and long has the struggle been with sin,
Still the Church moves on below;
War without and temptation from within,
Vainly seek her overthrow. [Chorus]

3 Stand like men! there's a battle to be fought;
All the hosts of hell will rage;
Trust in God! he deliverance has wrought
For his saints in ev'ry age. [Chorus]

4 Who so strong as to trust in self alone
'Gainst a foe so swift and sure?
Who so weak that he can not grasp the Throne
And the promised help secure? [Chorus]


Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #684

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: Words of cheer from the battle of life
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Cheer one another

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Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #684

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