#181: Onward, Christian Soldiers

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

This hymn has fallen out of favor in an age where religion is seen as peaceful, even passive. But like G.K Chesterton, I agree the faith is fully peaceful and fully militant. For that reason, among others I like this song, and always have.


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 banner go!


Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus, Going on before!


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 you voices, Loud your anthems raise!



Like a might 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.



Onward then, ye people, Join our happy throng;

Blend with ours your voices In the triumph song.

Glory, laud and honor Unto Christ the King —

This thru countless ages Men and angels sing.


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