1 We’re soldiers in a holy war,
We’re battling for the right;
Tho’ fierce the combat, evermore
Advancing for the fight.
In vain the ranks of hell may boast,
We’ll drive them from the field;
The Captain of Jehovah’s host
Will ne’er to Satan yield!
2 Against all vulgar things and mean,
The fraud, the sham, the lie,
And for the noble, honest, clean,
We’ll struggle till we die.
O Lord, inspire us to be brave,
True heroes help us be;
From cowardly surrender save,
Firm may we stand for Thee!
3 Each day the conquest nearer draws
The overthrow of wrong;
The triumph of Immanuel’s cause,
The victor’s shout and song!
For God and truth who’ll dare to live?
Who’s ready for the fray?
His name to Christ who’ll gladly give,
Who’ll volunteer today?
Henry Stephen Cutler (b. Boston, MA, 1824; d. Boston, 1902) composed ALL SAINTS NEW in 1872 for Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) text "The Son of God Goes Forth to War," and the two were published together in Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). That text refers to "the glorious band" of God's people, h…