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Valiant Hearts Lyrics and Music

The elevating words and lyrics of the beloved hymn begin with "O valiant hearts who to your glory came Through dust of conflict and through battle flame" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Valiant Hearts" hymn were written by its English author John Stanhope Arkwright. The author of the hymn, John Stanhope Arkwright, was born on July 10, 1872 and died on September 19, 1954. The invigorating music that accompanies the "Valiant Hearts" song of praise was composed by Charles Harris.  The composer of the music to the "Valiant Hearts" hymn, Charles Harris, was born on July 20, 1865 and died on July 30, 1936. We have placed "Valiant Hearts" in the category of Funeral Songs. Enjoy the reverent lyrics of this popular Christian song and well-known church hymn.

Valiant Hearts Hymn
Title: Valiant Hearts *** Name of Composer: Charles Harris *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: John Stanhope Arkwright *** Hymns Category: Funeral Songs



Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying words of the "Valiant Hearts" lyrics, John Stanhope Arkwright (July 10, 1872-September 19, 1954), was born in Mayfair, London, England and achieved fame as a hymn writer. John S. Arkwright was a Member of Parliament for Hereford and was knighted in 1934.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Valiant Hearts", Charles Harris (July 20, 1865-July 30, 1936), was born in Islington, London, England and became famous as a musician and composer. Harris was a Vicar and Prebendary of Hereford Cathedral (a Prebendary is a canon of a cathedral) .

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Valiant Hearts
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Stanhope Arkwright (July 10, 1872 to September 19, 1954)
Nationality of Author: English

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Charles Harris (July 20, 1865 to July 30, 1936)
Hymn Category: Funeral Songs
First Line of Hymn: "O valiant hearts who to your glory came Through dust of conflict and through battle flame"
First Publication Date: 1917


Valiant Hearts Lyrics

O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
As who had heard God's message from afar;
All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
Into the light that nevermore shall fade;
Deep your contentment in that blest abode,
Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,
Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,
While in the frailty of our human clay,
Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.

Still stands His cross from that dread hour to this,
Like some bright star above the dark abyss;
Still, through the veil, the Victor's pitying eyes
Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

These were His servants, in His steps they trod,
Following through death the martyred Son of God:
Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise
They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.

O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
Whose cross has bought them and whose staff has led,
In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.

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