On this date, June 5, 1865, Sabine Baring-Gould wrote the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. It was originally written as a marching song for children as an attempt to keep them together as they walked between two villages during a festival.

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus going on before.

Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;

Forward into battle see His banners go!

Refrain

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus going on before.

Onward Christian Soldiers

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