The Son of God Goes Forth To War

I just recently was introduced to this song at Community Presbyterian Church’s Reformation Day feast.  I had to quit singing because I was choking back tears.  The subject of martyrdom is SERIOUSLY under-sung in our churches, people.  This one deserves a more regular spot in our rotation.

Get yer Kleenex out before you read this.  Just sayin.

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.

The martyr first, whose eagle eye
Could pierce beyond the grave;
Who saw 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 the wrong!
Who follows in His train?

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?

A noble army, men and boys,
The matron and the maid,
Around the Savior’s throne rejoice
In robes of light arrayed.
They climbed the steep ascent of heav’n,
Through peril, toil and pain;
O God, to us may grace be giv’n
To follow in their train!

— Reginald Heber, 1812

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One thought on “The Son of God Goes Forth To War

  1. I WANT TO SING THIS SONG ALL THE TIME NOW!!

    These lines just blow me away:

    A noble army, men and boys,
    The matron and the maid,
    Around the Savior's throne rejoice
    In robes of light arrayed.

    Thanks, Laura, for the reminder!

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