When Thy soldiers take their swords

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1 When thy soldiers take their swords,
When they speak the solemn words,
When they kneel before thee here,
Feeling thee, their Father, near;
These thy children, Lord, defend;
To their help Thy Spirit send.

2 When the world’s sharp strife is nigh,
When they hear the battle-cry,
When they rush into the fight,
Knowing not temptation’s might;
These thy children, Lord, defend;
To their zeal thy wisdom lend.

3 When their hearts are lifted high
With success or victory,
When they feel the conqu'ror’s pride;
Lest they grow self-satisfied,
These thy children, Lord, defend;
Teach their souls to thee to bend.

4 When the vows that they have made,
When the pray'rs that they have prayed,
Shall be fading from their hearts;
When their first warm faith departs;
These thy children, Lord, defend;
Keep them faithful to the end.

5 Through life’s conflicts guard us all,
Or if wounded some should fall
Ere the victory be won,
For the sake of Christ, thy Son,
These thy children, Lord, defend;
And in death thy comfort lend.

Amen.

Source: Trinity Hymnal #486

Author: Frances Mary Owen

Frances Mary Owen, née Synge, wife of the Rev. J. A. Owen, Assistant Master at Cheltenham College, was born April 16, 1842, and died June 19, 1883. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When Thy soldiers take their swords
Author: Frances Mary Owen (c. 1872)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

When Thy soldiers take their swords. Frances M. Owen. [Confirmation .] Written circa 1872, and published in her Essays and Poems, 1887. It is in Hymns for the Use of the Chapel of Cheltenham Collection, 1890, &c. Frances Mary Owen, née Synge, wife of the Rev. J. A. Owen, Assistant Master at Cheltenham College, was born April 16, 1842, and died June 19, 1883.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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MADRID (Spanish)


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REDHEAD NO. 76

REDHEAD 76 is named for its composer, who published it as number 76 in his influential Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern (1853) as a setting for the hymn text "Rock of Ages." It has been associated with Psalm 51 since the 1912 Psalter, where the tune was named AJALON. The tune is also known as P…

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