|Am I a Soldier of the Cross|
|Anthem of||Christian Coalition of Countries|
|Lyrics||Isaac Watts, 1721-4|
|Music||Thomas Arne, 1762|
|Adopted||27 April 2006|
Am I a Soldier of the Cross? is the alliance anthem of the Christian Coalition of Countries. The music was composed by Thomas Arne, but the lyrics were written twenty years earlier by Isaac Watts as a complimenting hymn to a sermon based on 1 Corinthians 16:13, which states:
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.—1 Corinthians 16:13, King James Version
An mp3 version of the hymn is available here.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.
When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.