The sound of war! In earth and air
      The volleying thunders roll:

The sound of war! In earth and air
      The volleying thunders roll:
Their fiery darts the fiends prepare,
And dig the pit, and spread the snare,
      Against the Christian's soul.
The tyrant's sword, the rack, the flame,
      The scorner's serpent tone,
Of bitter doubt the barbed aim,
And, all conspire his heart to tame:
Force, fraud, and hellish fires assail
The rivets of his heavenly mail,
      Amidst his foes alone.

Gods of the world, ye warrior host
      Of darkness and of air,
In vain is all your impious boast,
In vain each missile lightning tost,
      In vain the tempter's snare.
Though fast and far your arrows fly,
      Though mortal nerve and bone
Shrink in convulsive agony,
The Christian can your rage defy;
Towers o'er his head salvation's crest,
Faith like a buckler, guards his breast,
      Undaunted, though alone.

'Tis past, 'tis o'er!  in foul defeat
      The demon host are fled,
Before the Saviour's mercy-seat,
(His live-long work of faith complete,)
      Their conqueror bends his head.
'The spoils thyself hast gained, Lord:
      I lay before thy throne:
Thou wert my rock, my shield, my sword;
My trust was in thy name and word:
'Twas in thy strength my heart was strong;
Thy spirit went with mine along;
      How was I then alone?"

~ Reginald Heber

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