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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924)

Onward, Christian Soldiers

ONWARD, Christian soldiers,

Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus

Going on before.

Christ, the royal master,

Leads against the foe;

Forward into battle,

See, his banners go.

Like a mighty army

Moves the Church of God;

Brothers, we are treading

Where the saints have trod:

We are not divided,—

All one body we;

One in hope and doctrine,

One in charity.

Crowns and thrones may perish,

Kingdoms rise and wane,

But the Church of Jesus

Constant will remain;

Gates of hell can never

’Gainst that Church prevail:

We have Christ’s own promise,

And that cannot fail.

Onward, then, ye people:

Join our happy throng;

Blend with ours your voices,

In triumphant song—

Glory, laud, and honor

Unto Christ the King.

This through countless ages

Men and angels sing.