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Onward Christian, though the region
Where thou art be drear and lone
God has set a guardian legion
Very near thee, press thou on

Listen, Christian, their hosannah
Rolleth o’er thee: “God is Love”
Write upon thy red cross banner,
“Upward ever, heaven’s above”

By the thorn road, and none other
Is the mount of vision won
Tread it without shrinking, brother
Jesus trod it, press thou on

Be this world the wiser, stronger
By thy life of pain and peace
While it needs thee, O, no longer
Pray thou for thy quick release

Pray, thou Christian, daily, rather
That thou be a faithful son
By the prayer of Jesus: “Father,
Not My will but Thine be done”


from What Language Shall I Borrow, released June 14, 2006
words by Samuel Johnson (1822-1882)
music by Darby Hughes



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