Category Archives: Commitment

No. 153

Although there is not title given, this is “Nearer My God to Thee”.

Verse 1:
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee;
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me,
Still all my prayer shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Verse 2:
Though like a wanderer,
Daylight all gone,
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Verse 3:
There let the way appear
Steps up to heaven;
All that Thou sendest me,
In mercy given,
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Verse 4:
Then with my waking thoughts
Bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs,
Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Sarah F. Adams

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No. 90: Opening Hymn

“Today” again, in transition to one word from two. A new linguistic note from this hymn; “ever-blessed” is still two words as seen in Verse 2. Currently, the spelling in quotes is considered correct. I wonder how long it will stay this way before becoming a single word as so many other two-word combinations did in the last century.

Verse 1:
We have come to seek a blessing
In our Father’s house to-day;
All His wondrous love confessing,
At the throne of grace we pray;
For His guidance we implore Him,
For the wisdom from above,
And with grateful hearts adore Him,
For His goodness and His love.

Verse 2:
Joyfully our songs ascending
To the ever blessed One,
With the angel notes are blending,
As they chant around the throne.
Gladly to the open portal,
All our off’rings now we bring;
Heirs are we to life immortal,
Subjects of a heav’nly King.

Verse 3:
At the bell’s sweet chime we gather,
In the house of praise and pray’r,
Children of one loving Father,
Guarded by His tender care;
May we sing the precious story
Of a Savior’s wondrous love,
With the ransom’d saints in glory,
In our Father’s house above.

J.F. Hall

No. 88: Onward, Christian Soldiers

A favorite of mine. Although, I have never seen the third verse before.

Verse 1:
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before;
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.

Verse 2:
Like a mighty army,
Moves the Church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided,
All one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

Verse 3:
Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus
Constant will remain;
Gates of Hell can never
‘Gainst that Church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise,
And that cannot fail.

Verse 4:
Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph-song;
Glory, laud and honor
Unto Christ, the King,
This thro’ countless ages
Men and angels sing.

Sabine Baring-Gould/Sullivan

No. 86: I’ll Stand by My School

Verse 1:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
Its lessons I will learn with care,
And in its duties ever share.

Refrain:
This pledge I will take, my life by its rule,
God being my helper, I’ll stand by my school,
I’ll stand by my school, I’ll stand by my school,
God being my helper, I’ll stand by my school.

Verse 2:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
From day to day, from week to week,
The truths it teaches, I will seek.

Verse 3:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
And officers and teachers kind
In me a helper true shall find.

Verse 4:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
Nor will I tempted be to roam
From this my pleasant Sabbath home.

Belle Kellogg Towne/T. Martin Towne

True-hearted, Whole-hearted

As you can see, “allegiance” was once spelt with one “l” and and “e” where the second “a” is now. From the preceding sentence, you can also see that I favor an older style of verb past tense. As you might have guessed from my posts, I am a linguist. I love language in all of its legitimate (unbiased and unoffending) forms and variety.

Verse 1:
True-hearted, whole-hearted, faithful and loyal
King of our lives; by Thy grace we will be
Under the standard exalted and royal,
Strong in Thy strength we will battle for Thee.

Refrain:
Peal out the watchword! silence it never!
Song of our spirits rejoicing and free;
Peal out the watchword! loyal forever,
King of our lives, by Thy grace we will be.

Verse 2:
True-hearted, whole-hearted, fullest alegience,
Yielding henceforth to our glorious King;
Valiant endeavor and loving obedience,
Freely and joyously now would we bring.

Verse 3:
True-hearted, whole-hearted, Saviour all-glorious!
Take Thy great power and reign there alone,
Over our wills and affections victorious,
Freely surrendered and wholly Thine own.

Verse 4:
Jesus is with us, His rest is before us,
Brightly His standard is waving above;
Brothers, dear brothers, in gathering chorus,
Peal out the watchword of courage and love.

Frances R. Havergal/Geo.C. Stebbins