Scripture Verse

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17


Words: Ano­ny­mous, in The Sun­day School Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Charles L. Hut­chins (Buf­fa­lo, New York: Breed, Lent, 1871), page 193, alt.

Music: Bra­bant Will­iam H. Wal­ter, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Wal­ter (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Soldiers, awake! This is the festal hour;
Forth from the grave the Sav­ior Christ hath ris’n;
Garland the cross with flowers and fragrant wreaths;
The Sav­ior lives, and death no more hath power,

Soldiers, arouse. and banish Lenten gloom;
Let sacred joy this East­er morn attend;
Jesus hath burst the mighty bands of death,
And holy angels guard the riven tomb.

Soldiers, to prayer! Kneel first this blessèd day
To Him, the Lord of hosts, the King of kings;
See on your banner His redeeming cross,
And there your motto, Ever watch and pray.

Soldiers, to arms! Forth to life’s battlefield,
The Spi­rit’s sword your only trust shall be,
While on your brow sal­va­tion’s helmet rests,
And Chris­tian faith protects you as a shield.

Soldiers, salute, with Heav’n’s triumphant host,
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Con­quer­or!
Yield Him the homage due Almighty God;
Worship the Fa­ther, Son, and Holy Ghost.