Fight the Good Fight Lyrics
Author: John S. B. Monsell (1863)
1 Fight the good fight with all your might,
Christ is your strength and Christ your right.
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
your joy and crown eternally.
2 Run the straight race through God’s good grace;
lift up your eyes, and seek his face.
Life with its way before us lies;
Christ is the path and Christ the prize.
3 Cast care aside, lean on your guide;
his boundless mercy will provide.
Lean, and the trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life and Christ its love.
4 Faint not, nor fear, his arms are near;
he changes not, and you are dear.
Only believe, and you will see
that Christ is Lord eternally.
Fight the Good Fight Hymn Story
“Fight the Good Fight” is a hymn that was written by John S. B. Monsell in 1863. The tune used for this hymn is called “Pentecost” and was created by William Boyd of England in 1864.
It was originally created for the hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire”. The name Pentecost is in line with the message of that song, “Come Holy Ghost”. In Christianity the name Pentecost, a Jewish festival, is associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that took place on that day in the book of Acts.
In the case of this song the message is entirely different as it is focused on the spiritual fight, we all must fight. We are in a fight between good and evil.
While we need the Holy Ghost in that fight, the focus of this song is on the fight itself and urges us to not fear and asks to only believe.
The author of the words of this song, John S B Monsell was born in Ireland in 1811.
He studied theology and was ordained to the ministry in 1835 and served the Anglican church as rector and chaplain.
He was a prolific poet creating several poems that were published in eleven volumes. He created over three hundred hymns. He died after falling off a roof of a church that was under maintenance.
Wiliam Boyd was born in 1847 and attended Worcester College at Oxford. He was the vicar at All Saints Church, Norfolk Square in London, United Kingdom.
Below are more hymns’ lyrics and stories: