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Keep Pressing Right On

Wouldst thou strengthen thy soul for life's stern endeavor

Author: William H. Clark
Tune: [Wouldst thou strengthen thy soul for life's stern endeavor]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Wouldst thou strengthen thy soul for life’s stern endeavor,
Courageously meet all thy foes with a song;
Tho’ many and fierce, thou canst still overcome them,
Take this for thy motto, “Keep pressing right on.”
Yes, ever keep pressing ring on;
Yes, ever keep pressing ring on.

2 Keep pressing right on when the way is the darkest,
And when the great sea-billows roll o’er thy head;
When friends are forsaking, and foes are combining,
And all of earth’s pleasure are withered and dead.
Faint not, but keep pressing ring on;
Faint not, but keep pressing ring on.

3 Keep pressing right on, for the Savior is near thee;
He heareth thy cry, and He knoweth thy fears;
His arm is all-powerful, He will uphold thee;
The light of His smile makes a bow of thy tears.
Keep joyously pressing right on;
Keep joyously pressing right on.

4 Keep pressing right on, for the crown is awaiting,
And splendors untold in the city abide;
And swift-rolling ages its joys are enhancing,
Where Christ keeps His own, sheltered close by His side.
Till He calls thee, keep pressing right on;
Till He calls thee, keep pressing right on.


Source: Light and Life Songs No. 4 #58

Author: William H. Clark

Clark, William Henry. (Racine, Wisconsin, April 8, 1854--November 8, 1925, Rome, New York). Free Methodist. In his infancy, his parents returned to their former home in New York State, where his mother soon died, and his father married a close friend of hers, who forecast, after William's conversion in 1873, that one day he would be a bishop. He served the Susquehanna Conference of his denomination as a pastor and district superintendent from 1876 until 1919, when his stepmother's prediction came true. Meanwhile, he had been a member of the joint commission of the Free and Wesleyan Methodist Churches which compiled the Hymnal of 1910, and contributed some items to it. He died in office, requesting no eulogy at his funeral. --Arlene Clyde… Go to person page >

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First Line: Wouldst thou strengthen thy soul for life's stern endeavor
Title: Keep Pressing Right On
Author: William H. Clark
Publication Date: 1904
Copyright: Public Domain

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