All you who weary of living,
All you tear-blinded who stumble,
Finding the road unforgiving,
Feeling your strength slip and crumble,
Though blood from your hands be streaming,
And the cross your backs encumber,
Through this night one star is gleaming:
Strength Himself is of our number!
Though we be lonely and desolate,
And our faith’s rock-bed be shaken,
We have not lost our last, nor yet
Are we completely forsaken.
That Lord so battered and slandered
Rises like flame of the morn,
Raising His unconquered standard,
Winding His summoning horn!
Rise up to heed His call!
Hail it, for ‘tis addressed
To weary suff’rers all,
Worn, wounded and oppressed.
All earth He means to win;
All souls who dwell therein
Rise as to Him they fall;
His cross, His weapon blest.
That conquest we may share,
All we who crosses bear,
Strange triumph if we dare
To love Him best!
Let us not drag like slaves
Burdened and raddled,
But with our King who saves,
Fight even to our graves,
As knights embattled!
Shall we not now perceive?
Hasten, all who believe;
Though all our hearts may grieve
And bones be rattled,
Let us live well and die
Knowing for Whom and why—
He leads us, riding by,
On ass-charger saddled!
Hark what we have to win!
Pulling from swamps of sin
Our souls and others’ in
Strength of His power;
Gaining, through patient fight,
Ever a higher height,
Up toward the world of light,
Hour by hour!
All of our bloody tears
Sowing our battlefield,
By our feet hoed, will yield
Fruit past the years,
From faith-laid seed appears
When we hear glad and resounding
His final blast o’er the earth,
All these grim foes now surrounding
Will, like the womb-walls at birth,
Burst away, and we will gather
Into our King’s lightsome hall,
No more blood-streaming, but rather,
Streaming His joy in its all.
Shall we not then rouse our spirits
And stand our ground this one night,
Knowing that we need not fear its
Dark, who have drunk of His light?
Faith’s light kindles Love’s blazing heat,
We fight by its heavenly glow,
Bleeding, but ne’er in defeat—
Till morning His triumph will show!