Scripture Verse

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7


Herbert H. Booth (1862–1926)

Words & Mu­sic: Her­bert H. Booth, in Songs of Peace and War, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc). Booth wrote this song while pre­par­ing for his mo­ther’s fun­er­al.


Summoned home, the call has sounded,
Bidding a soldier his warfare cease;
And the song of angels resounded,
Welcomes a warrior to eter­nal peace.
Praise the Lord! from earthly struggles
A comrade has found release.
Death has lost its sting, the grave its vic­to­ry;
Conflicts and dangers are over;
See him honored in the throne of glo­ry,
Crowned by the hand of Je­ho­vah!


Strife and sorrow over,
The Lord’s true faithful soldier
Has been called to go from the ranks below,
To the conquering host above.

Once the sword, but now the scepter,
Once the fight, now the rest and fame,
Broken every earthly fetter,
Now the glo­ry for the cross and shame;
Once the loss of all for Je­sus,
But now the eter­nal gain.
Trials and sorrow here have found their meaning
Mysteries their explanation;
Safe, for­ev­er in the sunlight gleaming
Of His eter­nal sal­va­tion.