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Fight on, ye little so!diers, L

The battle you shall win, a
For the Saviour is your Captain,

And He has vanquished sin.
And when the conflict's over, L

Before Him you shall stand,
You shall sing His praise forever

In Canaan's happy land.


The hymn was made popular thirty or more years ago in a musical arrangement by Hubert P. Main, with a chorus,

I'm glad I'm in this army,

And I'll battle for the school. Children took to the little song with a keen relish, and put their whole souls—and bodies-into it.


Belongs to a generation long past. Its writer was an architect by occupation, and a man whose piety equalled his industry. He was born in London 1791, and his name was James Edmeston. He loved to compose religious verses--so well, in fact, that he is said to have prepared a new piece every week for Sunday morning devotions in his family and in this way accumulated a collection which he published and called Cottager's Hymns. Besides these he is credited with a hundred Sundayschool hymns.


Little travellers Zionward,

Each one entering into rest
In the Kingdom of your Lord,

In the mansions of the blest,
There to welcome Jesus waits,

Gives the crown His followers win,
Lift your heads, ye golden gates,

Let the little travellers in. The original tune is lost—and the hymn is vanishing with it; but the felicity of its rhyme and rhythm show how easily it adapted itself to music.


The simple beauty of this hymn, and the sympathetic sweetness of its tune made children love to sing it, and it found its way into a few Sunday-school collections, though not composed for such use.

A young Congregational minister, Rev. Thomas Rawson Taylor, wrote it on the approach of his early end. He was born at Osset, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, Eng., May 9, 1807, and studied in Bradford, where his father had taken charge of a large church, and at Manchester Academy and Airesdale College. Sensible of a growing ailment that might shorten his days, he hastened to the work on which his heart was set, preaching in surrounding towns and villages while a student, and finally quitcing college to be ordained to his sacred profession. He was installed as pastor of Howard St. Chapel, Sheffield, July, 1830, when

only twenty-three. But in less than three years his strength failed, and he went back to Bradford, where he occasionally preached for his father, when able to do so, during his last days. He died there March 15, 1835. Taylor was a brave and lovely Christian-and his hymn is as sweet as his life.

I'm but a stranger here,

Heaven is my home;
Earth is a desert drear,

Heaven is my home.
Dangers and sorrows stand

Round me on every hand;
Heaven is my Fatherland

Heaven is my home.
What though the tempest rage,

Heaven is my home;
Short is my pilgrimage,

Heaven is my home.
And time's wild, wintry blast

Soon will be overpast;
I shall reach home at last-

Heaven is my home. In his last attempt to preach, young Taylor uttered the words, “I want to die like a soldier, sword in hand.” On the evening of the same Sabbath day he breathed his last. His words were memorable, and Montgomery, who loved and admired the man, made them the text of a poem, part of which is the familiar hymn “Servant of God, well done."*

*See page 498

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