Scripture Verse

God Himself is with us for our captain. 2 Chronicles 13:12


Words: Miss H. O. Knowl­ton, in The Ser­vice of Praise, ed­it­ed by J. Lin­coln Hall et al. (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1900), num­ber 35.

Music: Charles E. Ket­tle (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Knowl­ton’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her or Ket­tle (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Pass the word along the line,
Tell it friend to friend;
Christ our cap­tain goes be­fore,
Leads us to the end—
He who all the dan­ger knows,
All the strength of all our foes,
Christ our Lord and friend.


Forward, then, where Je­sus leads!
Full of hope and cheer;
Bear the stand­ard of the cross!
Who shall faint or fear?

He who goes where Je­sus leads,
Never goes as­tray;
He who Je­sus’ or­der heeds,
Always gains the day;
He who fal­ters not shall be
Led to glo­ri­ous vic­to­ry,
By a glo­ri­ous way.


Pass the word along the line;
Lo! the pro­mised land
Ye shall en­ter and pos­sess,
By His migh­ty hand.
Courage, then! Ye must not fail,
Strongest foes can­not pre­vail:
Jesus has com­mand.