Onward, Christian Soldiers

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Onward, Christian Soldiers. Hymn with words by the Rev. S. Baring-Gould, first pubd. 1868 in appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, with tune by J. B. Dykes adapted from slow movt. of Haydn's Sym. No.53. Became popular when set by Sullivan in 1871 as ‘St Gertrude’, pubd. in The Hymnary (ed. Barnby), but first pubd. in Musical Times. Holst set same words in 1924.