217. Soldiers of Christ arise

Soldiers of Christ, arise,
and put your armour on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies
through His eternal Son :
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
and in His mighty pow’r,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts,
is more than conqueror.
Your Canaan to possess
— this is the Father's will,
Though Satan all his pow’rs address
to keep you earthbound still ;
Christ in that heav’nly sphere
has conqu’ring gone before.
See ! your inheritance is there,
and there your holy war.
Stand then in His great might,
with all His strength endued ;
But take, to arm you in the fight,
the Panoply of God :
That having all things done,
and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o'ercome, through Christ alone,
and stand entire at last.
But, above all, lay hold
on faith's victorious shield ;
Armed with that adamant and gold,
be sure to win the field :
If faith surround your heart,
Satan shall be subdued ;
Repelled his ev’ry fiery dart,
and quenched with God's own Word.
From strength to strength go on,
wrestle, and fight, and pray :
Tread all the pow’rs of darkness down,
and win the wellfought day :
Still let the Spirit cry
in all His soldiers, «Come» ;
Till Christ the Lord descend from high,
and take the conqu’rors home.

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