1. Encamped along the hills of light, Ye Christian soldiers, rise, And press the battle ere the night Shall veil the glowing skies. Against the foe in vales below, Let all our strength be hurled; Faith is the victory, we know, That overcomes the world. 2. His banner over us in love, Our sword the Word of God; We tread the road the saints above With shouts of triumph trod. By faith they, like whirlwind's breath, Swept on o'er ev'ry field; The faith by which they conquered death Is still our shining shield. 3. To him who overcomes the foe White raiment shall be giv'n; Before the angels he shall know His name confessed in heav'n. Then onward from the hills of light, Our hearts with love aflame; We'll vanquish all the hosts of night, In Jesus' conq'ring name. Chorus: Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory! Oh, glorious victory That overcomes the world.
Lyrics: John Henry Yates
Music: Ira David Sankey
Meter: C.M.D. with Refrain
John H. Yates, 1837–1900
This hymn of faith and victory was first published in 1891 in the Christian Endeavor Hymnal. The author, John Henry Yates, was a licensed Methodist preacher who was later ordained by the Baptists. Ira Sankey, the composer, is often called the “father of the gospel song.”