Scripture Verse

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
1820–1915

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Sac­red Songs No. 1, by Ira San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George Steb­bins (New York: Big­low & Main, 1896), num­ber 2. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Ro­bert Bruce, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: Den­pa­sar Ira D. San­key (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ira D. Sankey
1840–1908

Lyrics

Onward, onward, looking unto Je­sus,
Casting quickly every weight aside;
While we run the race that’s set before us,
Firm as a rock let our faith abide.

Refrain

Lo, a cloud of witnesses behold us,
They through faith were victors in the race;
Let us gladly follow their example,
Trusting the Sav­ior for strength and grace.

Onward, onward, looking unto Je­sus,
Pressing forward, we the race will run;
Claiming ever His divine protection,
We shall not fail till the crown is won.

Refrain

Onward, onward, looking unto Je­sus,
Joy awaits us on the other shore;
There we’ll sing the song of our re­demp­tion,
Safe, safe at last when the strife is o’er.

Refrain