The Army and Navy Hymnal/Hymns/Forward! Be Our Watchword

The Army and Navy Hymnal edited by Henry Augustine Smith
Forward! Be Our Watchword by Henry Alford
(Watchword by Henry Thomas Smart)

Forward! Be Our Watchword 123
(WATCHWORD. 6, 6, 6, 6..12 lines)
Henry Alford, 1871 Henry Smart, 1872

1.For-ward! be our watchword, Steps and voices joined;
Seek the things before us, Not a look behind.
Burns the firey pillar At our army's head;
Who shall dream of shrinking? By our Captain led?
Forward through the desert, Thro' the toil and fight!
Jordan flows be fore us; Zion beams with light,
2.Glories upon glories Hath our God Prepared
By the Souls that love him One day to be shared;
Eye hath not beheld them, Ear hath never heard;
Nor or these hath uttered Thought or speech a word.
Forward marching eastward, Where heaven is bright,
Till the veil be lifted, Till our faith be sight,
3.Far o'er yon horizon Rise the city towers,
Where our God abideth:That fair home is ours.
Flash the streets with jasper, Shine the gates with gold!
Flows the gladening river, Shedding joys untold;
Thither, on thitherm In the Spirit's might,
Pilgrims, to your country, Forward into light Amen.