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Let all who stand with Christ the Lord, each good and faithful servant,
Take up the shield and bear the sword, with heart and spirit fervent.
Behind the Rock of Ages, and armed with holy pages,
If God be fore us, who can fear? O Let us be courageous!
The early saints held fast indeed, and One would soon reward them;
For mounted on His battle steed, "The Word of God" came toward them.
And through the slaughter glorious, His army rode victorious!
Their cause, now aged two thousand years, is still the cause before us.
Almighty God, whose out-stretched arm is certain to defend us,
We pray wher-e'er the present harm, "into the conflict, send us!"
By calling and election, with power and protection,
Our cross of duty leads from here to crowns of resurrection.
O God, we know by pressing on, a field is ever nearing;
Where all our mortal strength is gone, we lie down in the clearing.
Should nightfall overtake us, the morning hymn shall wake us!
And when our Life and Light appears, Immortal Father, take us.