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Hark tis a martial sound To arms ye

Hark, 'tis a martial sound !
To arms, ye saints, to arms !
Your foes are gathering round,
And peace has lost its charms:
Prepare the helmet, sword, and shield;
The trumpet calls you to the field.

No common foes appear
To dare you to the fight,
But such as own no fear
And glory in their might:
The Powers of Darkness are at hand ;
Resist, or bow to their command.

An arm of flesh must fail
In such a strife as this ;
He only can prevail
Whose arm immortal is :
'Tis Heaven itself the strength must yield,
And weapons fit for such a field.

And Heaven supplies them too :
The Lord, who never faints,
Is greater than the foe,
And He is with His saints :
Thus arm'd, they venture to the fight;
Thus arm'd, they put their foes to flight.

And, when the conflict's past,
On yonder peaceful shore
They shall repose at last,
And see their foes no more ;
The fruits of victory enjoy,
And never more their arms employ.

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Meter: 6 6 6 6 8 8
      Dates: 1809
      Bible Refs:
      Name: ST. JOHN (PARISH)
      Meter: 6 6 6 6 8 8
        Dates: 1850
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