Am I a soldier of the cross

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This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, published 1724, entitled "Holy Fortitude."

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Am I a soldier of the cross?
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?


Are there no foes for me to fight?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this dark world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure, I must fight if I would reign
Increase my courage, Lord.
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy word.


Thy saints, in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar
By faith's discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise
And all Thine armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

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