Onward, Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring-Gould; music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1865–71

1. 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,

Chorus:
Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory.
Hell's foundations quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise.

Chorus

 

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3. 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.

Chorus

4. Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane
But the Church of Jesus
Constant will remain,
Gates of Hell can never
'Gainst the Church prevail
We have Christ's own promise,
And that can never fail.

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5. Onward then, ye faithful people,
Join our happy throng
Blend with ours, your voices,
In the triumph song:
Glory, laud and honor
Unto Christ the King:
This, through countless ages,
Men and angels sing.

Chorus