Scripture Verse

Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Psalm 27:3


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright Me­lo­dies, by John Swe­ney & J. How­ard Ent­wisle (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1899), num­ber 118.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Army of the liv­ing God,
Lo, our king is near!
Trusting in His migh­ty arm,
Falter not nor fear;
If to Him we con­se­crate
All our ran­somed pow­ers,
Tho’ a host against us rise,
Victory will be ours.


On the bat­tle­ments,
Blessèd bat­tle­ments,
Standing on the bat­tle­ments
Of im­mor­ta­li­ty;
O the count­less mul­ti­tudes
Soon our eyes shall see!
Standing on the bat­tle­ments
Of im­mor­ta­li­ty.

Since by clouds of wit­ness­es
We are com­passed round,
In the path that once they trod
Let us all be found;
Holding up the cross of Christ,
Praising Him in song,
Preaching truth and right­eous­ness
While we march along.


Never sheath the Spir­it’s sword
Till the war is done;
Never lay our ar­mor down
Till the crown is won;
When our great­est tri­al comes,
Trust the pro­mise true;
Grace will give the strength we need,
Faith will bring us thro’.