Words: , Hymns of Love and Praise for the Church’s Year, 1863. This hymn was sung in the Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vie, Char­i­ots of Fire (1981).

Music: Pen­te­cost, , 1864; first pub­lished in Thir­ty-two Hymn Tunes Com­posed by Mem­bers of the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ox­ford, 1868:

asked me to com­pose a tune to Come Ho­ly Ghost, Our Souls In­spire, to be sung at a large meet­ing of York­shire col­liers. I walked, talked, slept and ate with the words, and at last evolved the tune which I na­tur­al­ly named Pent­e­cost…One day, as I was walk­ing along Re­gent Street I felt a slap on my back, and turn­ing around saw my dear old friend . “My dear Billy,” he said, “I’ve seen a tune of yours which I must have.” (He was then edit­ing Church Hymns) “All right,” I said, “Send me a cheque and I agree.” No co­py of the book, much less a proof was sent to me, and when I saw the tune I was hor­ri­fied to find that Sul­li­van had as­signed it to “Fight the good fight!” We had a reg­u­lar fist­i­cuffs about it, but judg­ing from the fa­vour with which the tune has been rec­eived, I feel that Sul­li­van was right in so mat­ing words and mu­sic.

Musical Times (XLIX, 1908)

Al­ter­nate tunes:

Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy Strength, and Christ thy Right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.

Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the Path, and Christ the Prize.

Cast care aside, upon thy Guide,
Lean, and His mercy will provide;
Lean, and the trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its Life, and Christ its Love.

Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear.
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee.