For decades, the Loyola school song has inspired us all. Today, I discovered the person who inspired the school song.
His church song Sound the Battle Cry marches thus:
O Thou God of all, hear us when we call,
Help us one and all by Thy grace;
When the battle’s done, and the vict’ry’s won,
May we wear the crown before Thy face.
Published in several hymn books, Sherwin’s song is high on military imagery and apparently refers to spiritual warfare. In the Bible, the phrase “sound the battle cry” appears in some versions of Jeremiah 49:2; the hymn, however, is popularly associated with Isaiah 59:19.
Take Sherwin, tweak the third and fourth lines, and you have the
second third stanza of the Loyola school song.
O Thou God of all, hear us when we call
Help us one and all, by Thy grace
When life’s game is done, and the victory won
May we wear the crown of joy and grace.
Er…the inspiration is not limited to the lyrics. In 1869, a good 100 years before the first batch left Loyola, Sherwin Sir had also composed this wonderful tune.