The Son of God Goes Forth To War

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.

That 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 heads 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 given,
To follow in their train.


4 thoughts on “The Son of God Goes Forth To War

  1. Next I saw people whom the fire of wrath
    had kindled, as they stoned a youth and kept
    on shouting loudly to each other: Kill!

    Kill! Kill! I saw him now, weighed down by death,
    sink to the ground, although his eyes were bent
    always on Heaven: they were Heaven’s gates,

    Praying to his high Lord, despite the torture,
    to pardon those who were his persecutors;
    his look was such that it unlocked compassion
    .” — Dante

    Oh that we might have the strength to do the same!

  2. Dad, that tune is called Greyoaks and was written by Greg Wilbur in the 90s. It’s in the hymnal Cantus Christi which is not terribly expensive on Amazon.

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