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The rousing words and lyrics of this cherished Patriotic song begin with "Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of this "Onward Christian Soldiers" song were written by its English author, Sabine Baring-Gould. The author of the hymn, Sabine Baring-Gould, was born on January 28, 1834 and died on January 2, 1924. The invigorating music that accompanies the Patriotic words of the "Onward Christian Soldiers" song was composed by Arthur Seymour Sullivan.  The composer of the music to the "Onward Christian Soldiers" song, Arthur Sullivan, was born on May 13, 1842 and died on November 22, 1900. We have placed "Onward Christian Soldiers" in the category of Patriotic Songs. Enjoy the loyal lyrics of this famous, inspirational song.

Onward Christian Soldiers Hymn
Title: Onward Christian Soldiers *** Name of Composer: Arthur Sullivan *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Sabine Baring-Gould *** Hymns Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns



History of Onward Christian Soldiers
The history of this highly patriotic song reflects the aspirations of the Salvation Army, a Christian Protestant church and charitable, quasi-military organisation, adopted the hymn as its favoured processional. The lyrics of the hymn were inspired by the Bible in Timothy 2:3 "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of the words of the "Onward Christian Soldiers" lyrics, Sabine Baring-Gould (January 28, 1834-January 2, 1924), was born in Exeter, Devon, England and achieved fame as a author, archaeologist, teacher, composer and musician.

Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Onward Christian Soldiers", Arthur Seymour Sullivan (May 13, 1842-November 22, 1900), was born in London, England and became famous as a composer and musician who achieved fame as a composer of popular music with his partner William Gilbert (known as Gilbert and Sullivan).

Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: Onward Christian Soldiers
Author of Lyrics: Sabine Baring-Gould (January 28, 1834 to January 2, 1924)
Nationality of Author: English

Name of Composer of Music: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (May 13, 1842 to November 22, 1900)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war"
First Publication Date: 1864


Onward Christian Soldiers Lyrics

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!


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

At the sign of triumph
Satanís host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
on to victory!
Hellís foundations quiver
at the shout of praise;
Brothers lift your voices,
loud your anthems raise.


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.


What the saints established
that I hold for true.
What the saints believŤd,
 that I believe too.
Long as earth endureth,
men the faith will hold,
Kingdoms, nations, empires,
in destruction rolled.


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 Christís own promise,
and that cannot fail.


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.


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