1 I've enlisted in the army of the Lord,
He has armed me with a helmet, shield and sword,
Now to battle for the right,
by the power of Jesus' might,
By His grace I'll conquer thro' His word.
Praises to His everlasting name we'll sing,
We shall conquer thro' our Lord and King.
2 'Tis an army that is ever sure to win;
'Tis the Lord who leads against the host of sin;
Thro' the word that giveth light,
we shall conquer in the fight,
Tho' the enemy be strong within. [Chorus]
3 There are foes on every hand, who seek to harm,
But with us there is an everlasting arm;
With our Captain in command,
we are strong in heart and hand,
And secure against all false alarm. [Chorus]
4 Come and join this conqu'ring army of the Lord;
Let Him give to you a helmet, shield and sword;
By the power of Jesus' might,
you may battle for the right,
You may triumph thro' His royal word. [Chorus]
Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >