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Going Onward

Going Onward
Oft in danger, oft in woe,
Onward, Christians, onward go;
Fight the fight, maintain the strife,
Strengthened with the Bread Of Life.

Let your drooping hearts be glad;
March in heavenly armour clad:
Fight, nor think the battle long,
Soon shall victory tune your song.

Let not sorrow dim you eye,
Soon shall every tear be dry;
Let not fears your course impede,
Great your strength if great your need.

Onward then, to glory move,
More than conquerors ye shall prove;
Though opposed by many a foe,
Onward soldiers, onward go.

Henry Kirke White
There is a story that must have touched heaven behind that poem!
If you consider his age, and his struggles, the resolve penned into Onward Soldiers is simply amazing!

"At one time, his opinions were inclining to deism, and for a considerable period they remained unsettled; but whenever he saw his error and embraced Christianity, he resolved to devote his life to the promulgation of it; and, with that view, formed the determination to abandon law, and, if possible, place himself at one of the universities. His friends endeavoured without effect to dissuade him from his purpose. Great and numerous as the obstacles were, he was determined to surmount them all.
Every university-honour was thought to be within his reach; he was set down as a medallist, and expected to take a senior wrangler's degree; but these expectations goaded him to fresh exertions after his strength was gone. To his mother and brother he wrote that he had relaxed his studies, and that he was betterl but to Mr. Maddock, the most intimate of his friends, he complained of dreadful palpitations, nights of sleeplessness, and spirits depressed to the very depth of wretchedness. For a time he appeared to be gaining strength, but it failed as the year advanced. He went to London to recruit himself - the worst place to which he could have gone; and when he returned to college, he was so completely worn out that no power of medicine could save him. His very mind was exhausted; and it was the opinion of his medical attendants that, even if his life had been preserved, his intellect would have been affected. He died on the 19th of October, 1806, aged 21 years.

Rom 8:35 asks: Can anything separate us from the love of Christ?
And young Henry knew the answer:
"Great your strength if great your need."

Glory to God!
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