Fight the Good Fight

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Fight the Good Fight
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William Boyd
TextJohn Samuel Bewley Monsell
Based on1 Timothy 6:12
Melody"Pentecost" by William Boyd, "Duke Street"

"Fight the Good Fight" is a traditional, classic favorite hymn and Christian song.[1] It was written by John Samuel Bewley Monsell and published in Hymns of Love and Praise for the Church’s Year (1863).[2] It is sung to the tune Pentecost, written in 1864 by William Boyd.[3]

The hymn is based on the King James Bible's version of Paul's First Epistle to Timothy, Chapter 6, verse 12: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."[4] The hymn lyrics urge the listener to "Fight the good fight," "lay hold on life," "run the straight race," "cast care aside", and "faint not nor fear."[1]


  1. ^ a b Favorite Hymns and Songs Index
  2. ^ John S.B. Monsell (1863) Hymns of Love and Praise for the Church’s Year, Bell and Daldy, London
  3. ^ Cyber Hymnal
  4. ^ "Fight the good fight". pp. The Phrase Finder. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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