Onward Christian soldiers (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-14)   CPDL #52916:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2019-01-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Onward Christian soldiers
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1865

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 65. 65. D with refrain

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1871

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Original text and translations

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

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.
(Refrain)

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ‘gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
(Refrain)

5.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 through countless ages men and angels sing.
(Refrain)