We march, we march (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-01)  CPDL #51650:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the Novello edition on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: We march, we march
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Gerard Moultrie

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1869 The Musical Times no.316
    2nd published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 246, p. 168

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Original text and translations

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Chorus  We march, we march to victory
With the Cross of the Lord before us,
With His eye of love looking down from above,
And His Holy Arm spread o'er us.

1  We come in the might of the Lord of Light
In surplic'd train to meet him;
And we put to flight the armies of night,
That the sons of the day may greet him.
We march, we march &c.

2  The bands of the alien flee away
When our chant goes up like thunder,
And the van of the Lord, in serried array,
Cleaves Satan's ranks asunder.
We march, we march, &c.


3  We tread to the roll of the organ swell,
With the watchword duly given;
And we challenge the Prince of the Hosts of Hell
To fight for the Gates of Heaven :
We march, we march, &c.

4  Our sword is the Spirit of God on High,
Our helmet His salvation;
Our banner the Cross of Calvary,
Our watchword - the Incarnation.
We march, we march, &c.

5  We tread in the might of the Lord of Hosts,
And we fear not man nor devil:
For our Captain Himself guards well our coasts,
To defend His Church from evil
We march, we march, &c.


6  He marches in front of His banner unfurled,
Which he raised that His own might find Him;
And the Holy Church throughout all the world
Falls into rank behind Him,
We march, we march, &c.

7  And the choir of angels with song awaits
Our march to the golden Sion
For our Captain has broken the brazen gates,
And burst the bars of iron;
We march, we march, &c.

8  Then onward we march, our arms to prove,
With the banner of Christ before us,
With His loving eye looking down from the sky,
And His Holy Arm spread o'er us.
We march, we march &c.