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This is an hymn by Jared Waterbury, first published in Joshua Leavitt's The Christian Lyre in 1830, where it is attributed to "J. B. W.". A variation of this version is considered the authentic hymn by Jared Waterbury in Charles Nutter, Hymn Studies, 1900; and in John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, 1905. See Soldiers of the cross, arise / Lo, your Captain for a similar but very different hymn. Meter is 77. 76. 78. 86 in the first stanza. 77. 76. D in the other two.
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1. Soldiers of the cross, arise!
Lo! your leader from the skies
Waves before you glory's prize,
The prize of victory.
Seize your armor, gird it on;
The battle's yours, it will be won;
Though fierce the strife 'twill soon be done;
Then struggle manfully.
2. Jesus conquered when he fell,
Met and vanquished earth and hell;
Now he leads you on, to swell
The triumphs of his cross.
Though all earth and hell appear,
Who will doubt or who can fear?
"God our strength and shield" is near;
We cannot lose our cause.
3. Onward, then, ye hosts of God!
Jesus points the victor's rod;
Follow where your Leader trod;
You soon shall see his face.
Soon, your enemies all slain,
The crown of glory you shall gain:
And walk among that glorious train,
Who shout their Savior's praise.