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“Onward, Christian Soldiers” manuscript to be auctioned

BOSTON, MA – A rare handwritten manuscript of “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” signed by Sabine Baring-Gould will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this week. 

Baring-Gould an Anglican priest, antiquarian, and writer (1834–1924) especially well-known as a writer of hymns.

The one lightly lined page autographed manuscript that is undated, is crisply signed at the conclusion, “S. Baring-Gould.”

Baring-Gould pens the lyrics of his iconic hymn, ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers,’ writing five stanzas. In part: “Onward, Christian soldiers / Marching as to war, / With the cross of Jesus / Going on before. / Christ the royal Master, / Leads against the foe; / Forward into battle, / See His banners go. / At the sign of triumph / Satan's host doth flee; / On then Christian soldiers / On to victory. / Hell's foundations quiver / At the shout of praise; / Brothers, lift your voices, / Loud your anthems raise.”

 “An exceptionally bold, scarce example of this beloved hymn of significant historic importance,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

In 1871, Arthur Sullivan would put the hymn to music, the Salvation Army adopted the song as its favored processional, Winston Churchill had it sung during a service held while meeting with FDR to sign the Atlantic Charter, and it was played at Dwight D. Eisenhower’s funeral.

Among other historic museum quality pieces: Jerry Garcia handwritten letter to Vogue Cover Model. Albert Einstein signed postcard from Jerusalem that includes a rare self-portrait sketch. Malcolm X letter about temptations of Jazz music scene. Johnny Ramone’s 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 Guitar. Scarce Titanic cup and saucer destined for the bottom of the Atlantic.

A special live auction event will take place on January 22 at the Omni Parker House, in Boston, MA, and will feature nearly 150 items. More details can be found online at

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