The Christian's Conflicts (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-23)  CPDL #50275:        
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-06-23).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1835. All eight stanzas included from The Dover Selection.

General Information

Title: The Christian's Conflicts
First Line: See how the wicked kingdom
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, the second p. 131, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass; Alto part written by William Walker, in his Christian Harmony, 1867
Description: Words by an unknown author, before 1823; words from Broaddus, The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs, 1831, Walker's stated source, with eight stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. See how the wicked kingdom
Is falling every day!
And still our blessed Jesus
Is winning souls away:
But O, how I am tempted,
No mortal tongue can tell!
So often I’m surrounded
With enemies from hell.

2. With weeping and with praying,
My Jesus I have found,
To crucify old Nature,
And make his grace abound.
Dear children, don't be weary,
But march on in the way;
For Jesus will stand by you,
And be your guard and stay.


3. If sinners will serve Satan,
And join with one accord;
Dear brethren, as for my part,
I’m bound to serve the Lord;
And if you will go with me,
Pray give to me your hand,
And we’ll march on together,
Unto the promised land.

4. Through troubles and distresses,
We 'll make our way to God;
Though earth and hell oppose us,
We'll keep the heavenly road.
Our Jesus went before us,
And many sorrows bore,
And we who follow after
Can never meet with more.


5. Though dear to me, my brethren,
Each one of you, I find,
My duty now compels me
To leave you all behind:
But while the parting grieves us,
I humbly ask your prayers,
To bear me up in trouble,
And conquer all my fears.

6. And now, my loving brothers,
I bid you all farewell
With you, my loving sisters,
I can no longer dwell.
Farewell to every mourner
I hope the Lord you’ll find,
To ease you of your burden,
And give you peace of mind.


7. Farewell, poor careless sinners:
I love you dearly well;
I've labored much to bring you
With Jesus Christ to dwell:
I now am bound to leave you
O tell me, will you go?
But if you won't decide it,
I bid you all adieu!

8. We’ll bid farewell to sorrow,
To sickness, care, and pain,
And mount aloft, with Jesus
For evermore to reign :
We'll join to sing his praises,
Above the ethereal blue;
And then, poor careless sinners,
What will become of you?