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For Believers Fighting. 629 (224)

S.M. C. Wesley. 1762.
MAY Thy powerful word

Inspire a feeble worm
To rush into Thy kingdom, Lord,

And take it as by storm!
2 O may we all improve

The grace already given,
To seize the crown of perfect love,

And scale the mount of heaven ! 630 (506) S.M. C. Wesley. 1749.

SOLDIERS of Christ, arise,

D And put your armour on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies

Through His eternal Son:
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,

And in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts,

Is more than conqueror.
2 Stand, then, in His great might,

With all His strength endued ;
But take, to arm you for the fight,

The panoply of God :
That having all things done,

And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o'ercome, through Christ alone,

And stand entire at last.
3 Stand then against your foes,

In close and firm array :
Legions of wily fiends.oppose

Throughout the evil day :
But meet the sons of night,

But mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light,

Of righteousness divine.

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Leave no unguarded place,

No weakness of the soul;
Take every virtue, every grace,

And fortify the whole :
Indissolubly joined,

To battle all proceed ;
But arm yourselves with all the mind

That was in Christ, your Head.
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S.M.

C. WESLEY. 1749.
PUT, above all, lay hold

D On faith's victorious shield;
Armed with that adamant and gold,

Be sure to win the field :
If faith surround your heart,

Satan shall be subdued ;
Repelled his every fiery dart,

And quenched with Jesu's blood.
Jesus hath died for you!

What can His love withstand ?
Believe ! hold fast your shield ! and who

Shall pluck you from His hand ?
Believe, that Jesus reigns;

All power to Him is given :
Believe, till freed from sin's remains ;

Believe yourselves to heaven!
To keep your armour bright,

Attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captain's sight,

And watching unto prayer.
Ready for all alarms,

Steadfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms,

And use your every grace.
Pray, without ceasing pray ;

Your Captain gives the word ;
His summons cheerfully obey,

And call upon the Lord :

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To God your every want

In instant prayer display ;
Pray always; pray, and never faint ;
Pray, without ceasing pray!

S.M. C. WESLEY. 1749.

PART III.
TN fellowship,-alone,

1 To God with faith draw near :
Approach His courts, besiege His throne

With all the powers of prayer :
Go to His temple, go,

Nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know,

And every heart His love.
To God your spirits dart;

Your souls in words declare ;
Or groan, to Him who reads the heart,

The' unutterable prayer.
His mercy now implore,

And now show forth His praise ;
In shouts, or silent awe, adore

His miracles of grace.
Pour out your souls to God,

And bow them with your knees ;
And spread your heart and hands abroad,

And pray for Zion's peace :
Your guides and brethren bear

For ever on your mind;
Extend the arms of mighty prayer,

In grasping all mankind.
From strength to strength go on,

Wrestle, and fight, and pray :
Tread all the powers of darkness down,

And win the well-fought day :
Still let the Spirit cry

In all His soldiers, « Come ;"
Till Christ the Lord descends from high,

And takes the conquerors home.

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L.M. 6 lines. C. WESLEY. 1749.
CURROUNDED by a host of foes,
W Stormed by a host of foes within,
Nor swift to flee, nor strong to' oppose,

Single against hell, earth, and sin,
Single, yet undismayed, I am ;

I dare believe in Jesu's name.
2 What though a thousand hosts engage,

A thousand worlds, my soul to shake ?
I have a shield shall quell their rage,

And drive the alien armies back;
Portrayed it bears a bleeding Lamb;

I dare believe in Jesu's name.
3 Me to retrieve from Satan's hands,

Me from this evil world to free,
To purge my sins, and loose my bands,

And save from all iniquity,
My Lord and God, from heaven He came;

I dare believe in Jesu's name.
4 Salvation in His name there is;

Salvation from sin, death, and hell,
Salvation into glorious bliss ; .

How great salvation, who can tell !
But all He hath for mine I claim;
I dare believe in Jesu's name.

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S.M. O. WESLEY. 1741.
TQUIP me for the war,

V And teach my hands to fight;
My simple, upright heart prepare,

And guide my words aright;
Control my every thought;
My whole of sin remove;
Let all my works in Thee be wrought,

Let all be wrought in love.
O arm me with the mind,
Meek Lamb! which was in Thee;

And let my knowing zeal be joined

To fervent charity :
With calm and tempered zeal

Let me enforce Thy call;
And vindicate Thy gracious will,

Which offers life to all.
3 O do not let me trust

In any arm but Thine!
Humble, O humble to the dust,

This stubborn soul of mine!
A feeble thing of nought,

With lowly shame I own,
The help which upon earth is wrought

Thou dost it all alone.
4 O may I love like Thee !

In all Thy footsteps tread !
Thou hatest all iniquity,

But nothing Thou hast made.
O may I learn Thy art,
With meekness to reprove ;
To hate the sin with all my heart,

But still the sinner love.

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78 & 6s. C. WESLEY. 1742. ALMIGHTY God of Love,

Thy holy arm display;
Send me succour from above,

In this my evil day :
Arm my weakness with Thy power,
Woman's seed, appear within ;
Be my Safeguard and my Tower

Against the face of sin.
2 Could I of Thy strength take hold,

And always feel Thee near,
Confident, divinely bold,

My soul would scorn to fear :
Nothing should my firmness shock;
Though the gates of hell assail,

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