Author: Samuel Gottlob Bürde (1753-1831) Music Source: Katholisches Gesangbuch, Vienna, Austria, 1776
1. Steep and thorny is the way Leading us to full perfection; Blessed they who therein stay, Battling under Christ’s direction. Blest is he who runs the race, On the way not falls from grace.
2. Their reward is truly great Who, unto the end enduring. All to Christ do consecrate, Flee the worldly lust alluring. They who hope unfailingly For the crown of victory.
3. Draw, O Lord, us near to Thee; Draw to Thee each valiant fighter. Storm and night surround us here. But above ’tis calm and brighter. There, beyond death and the tomb, Radiant morn dispels the gloom.
4. Up then, comrades; wend your way Through the wilderness with courage; Look to Jesus; watch and pray! God prepares you for the conflict; In the weak He shows His might, And through Christ we’ll win the fight.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!