The Son of God goes forth to war,

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    CGS No.: 
    497

    Verse 1
    The Son of God goes forth to war,
    A kingly crown to gain;
    His blood-red banner streams afar;
    Who follows in His train?
    Who best can drink his cup of woe,
    Triumphant over pain,
    Who patient bears his cross below,
    He follows in His train.

    Verse 2
    The martyr first, whose eagle eye
    Could pierce beyond the grave,
    Who shaw his Master in the sky,
    And called on Him to save;
    Like Him, with pardon on his tongue
    In midst of mortal pain,
    He prayed for them that did him wrong:
    Who follows in his train?

    Verse 3
    A glorious band, the chosen few
    On whom the Spirit came,
    Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,
    And mocked the cross and flame;
    They met the tyrant's brandished steel,
    The lion's gory mane,
    They bowed their necks the death to feel:
    Who follows in their train?

    Verse 4
    A noble army, men and boys,
    The matron and the maid,
    Around the Saviour's throne rejoice,
    In robes of light arrayed;
    They climbed the steep ascent of heaven,
    Through peril, toil and pain:
    O God, to us may grace be given
    To follow in their train.