Am I A Soldier of the Cross?

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Melody - "Arlington", Thomas Augustine Arne, 1762; arr. by Ralph Harrison, 1784
Melody - "Winchester Old", Thomas Ests, 1592; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Isaac Watts, 1721

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?

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

3. Are there no foes for me to face*?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

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

5. Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith they bring it nigh.**

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


* or fight; ** or "By faith's discerning eye", or "And seize it with their eye."

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