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Faith is the Victory

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1891
John H. Yates
Ira D. Sankey

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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.

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Faith is is the victory!
Faith is is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith they, like a whirlwind's breath,
Swept on o'er ev'ry field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

On ev'ry hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray;
Salvation's helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble 'neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.

To him that 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' conqu'ring name.

 


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Short Biography of John Yates

Yates, Rev. John H., was born in Batavia, N. Y., November 31, 1837, a son of John Yates, who was a native of England, and with his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Yates, came to Batavia in 1832. He was a manufacturer of shoes-, and was, during the later years of his life, a traveling temperance lecturer; he died December 5, 1866. John H. Yates. the subject of this sketch, was educated at the Batavia Union School, but at the age of eighteen was forced to engage in business as a clerk to help maintain his aged parents.- For several years he was with his brother, Thomas Yates, in the shoe business; afterwards, for seven years, salesman in G. B. Worthington's hardware store. In 1871 he took charge of the fancy goods department in E. L. & G. D. Kenyon's double store and remained there fifteen years. In 1886 he was called to be local editor of the Progressive Batavian, and filled the position nearly ten years. When twenty-one years of age Mr. Yates was licensed to preach in the Methodist church, but was not ordained until 1897. For nearly seven years now he has been pastor of the Free Will Baptist church at West Bethany. In 1864 Mr. Yates was married to Miss Maria Everson of Port Hope, Out. By her he had four sons, Fred E., Arthur C.. Walter S. and Albert R. Three of them are now dead. Mrs. Yates, Walter and Albert all died in one week of diphtheria. Arthur Cleveland Yates the only son now living, has been for eight years and is now in the government printing office at Washington. In 1880 Mr. Yates was married the second time to Mrs. Sarah Cottle, also a native of England. with whom he is now living. At about the age of twenty, Mr. Yates began writing poetry at the solicitation of his mother, and very soon his ballads and hymns were printed and sung all over the land. In 1891, Ira D. Sankey, the famous singer, engaged Mr. Yates to write gospel hymns for him, solely; he was led to do this because of the wonderful success of Mr. Yates's old man ballad, the "Model Church," which has been sung all over the world. After the contract with Mr. Sankey. the following hymns soon appeared from the pen of Mr. Yates: Harbor Bell," "Faith is the Victory," "Beautiful Hills," "Our Name's in Heaven," and about twenty others. In December, 1897, Mr. Yates issued a volume of ballads and poems, a book of 117 poems and 226 pages, which are now nearly all sold. A second edition will be printed before the supply is gone. On the occasion of the dedication of the old land office in 1894, Mr. Yates wrote the dedicatory poem, "Our Ancient Landmark," a production of unusual merit.


Bible Verses

John 5:4 - For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.



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