|mfa7058 Onward Christian Soldiers:
"Onward, Christian Soldiers" is a 19th-century English hymn. The words were written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, and the music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871. Sullivan named the tune "St. Gertrude," after the wife of his friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer, at whose country home he composed the tune.
The Salvation Army adopted the hymn as its favoured processional. The piece became Sullivan's most popular hymn.
The hymn's theme is taken from references in the New Testament to the Christian being a soldier for Christ.