Onward, Christian Soldiers

(II Timothy 2:3)

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)

Hih la a phuakpa Baring-Gould bel 19th century lai-a thu gen la gen a va mahmah laphuaksiam khat ahi hi. 1864 kumin Anglican Pawlpi sungah ordination kipia a, a nuntak sung tawntung laigelhsiam khat-in minthang hi. Laibu kici peuhmah bu 85 bang gelh-a, biakna thu, khualzinna thu, taangthu, phuahtawm tangthu fiction, mite’ thu biography, sermon, theology, cih bangin namkim mahmah hi. A laibu gelh peuhmah a hoih lo khat zong om lo hi, kici hi. Ama’ hun lai-a mi dang khatpeuh laigelhte sangin British Museum ah Baring-Gould’ gelh laibu tam kikoihzaw hi, kici hi. Laibu tuazah a gelhkhiat hangin hih la “Khazih’ Galkapte’n Ah” a phuakpa a hihna tawh tuni dongin kitheizaw hi.

Sabine Baring-Gould in hih la 1865 kuma a phuah hi a, a phuahna thu hibangin gen ngei hi: “Khetkhiat ding ngaihsutna tawh ka phuah hi lo a, naupangte’ sak theih dinga a saknop mahmah dinga ka phuah ahi hi. Whitmonday bel Yorkshire-a sangte ah a kithupibawl den khat hi a, Whitmonday khat, ko sang leh ka khuaveng vua sangte kigawmkhawm-a pawi bawlkhop ding ka sawm uh hi. Naupangte khua khat pan khua khat a pai uh cianga a sak ding uh la khat ka deih hi. Kei mahmah in phuah ka sawm-a zan khat hih la “Khazih’ Galkapte’n Ah” ka phuak hi. Hih la ka phuah lai-in kikinphuah mahmah pian hi” ci hi.

Hih la a phuah khit kum 30 ciangin Baring-Gould in hih la tawh kisai hih bangin genkik hi: “Hih la a kiphuah lai-in kikinphuah lua ahih manin a rhyme zong hoih kim het lo hi. Hi zah-a a kideih bilbel lamdangsa mahmah ingh” ci hi.

Tedim Labu sunga i sak hih la sunga taang lina bangah hih la phuakpa Baring-Gould in Matthew 16:18 leh Matthew 28:18-20 bulphuh-in pawlpi a kip nading a lungmuanna hih bangin na gen hi:

Kumpi’ za sia thei hi,
Kumpi gam kip kei;
Hih hang Zeisu’ pawlpi
Cikmah’n sia thei kei;
Dawi in Pasian’ pawlpi,
Cik ciang zo ngei kei;
Khazih hong ciamsa hi-
A ciam peel ngei kei.

Tuhun-a i sak hih la sunga kihel nawn pha lo taang khat bangah laphuakpa’ lungsim taktak hih bangin kimu thei hi:

What the saints established that I hold for true
What the saints believed that believe I too.
Long as earth endureth men that faith will hold-
Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled.

La ngaih khat peuhpeuh a pian theih nadingin lamal ngaih leh la-aw ngaih a kigawmkhop kul den hi. A masa lamin hih Baring-Gould’ phuah lamalte Austrian musician minthang Franz Joseph Haydn’ (1732-1809) phuah Symphony in D, No. 15 aw tawh kisa ngei-a , ahi zongin tu-a i saksak la-aw mah tawh kituakzaw hi. Tu-a i saksak la-aw bel “St. Gertrude” kici a, Sir Arthur S. Sullivan in hih lamal a kiphuah khit kum 6 a sawt cianga a phuah ahi hi. Sir Sullivan bel England gam Bolwell, Terrace ah May 13, 1842 ni-a suak ahi hi. La-aw phuaksiam mahmah khat leh organist minthang khat ahi hi. Hih la-aw a phuah laitakin Sir Arthur S. Sullivan khualzina Mrs. Gertrude Clay-Ker-Seymer-te’ inn ah zin a tun laitak hi a, hih la-aw mahmah zong tua nu pahtawina in “St. Gertrude” ci hi. Sir Sullivan’ late lakah “The Lost Chord” kici leitung la khat bang minthang mahmah a, “Pinafore,” “The Milkado,” cih operettas-te zong minthang mahmah hi. Hih operrettas-te W. S. Gilbert tawh kopkhawm-a a phuah ahi hi. Leitung bupa minthang zo music-te ahi hi. Hih la tu-a i sak bang lianin America gam Philadelphia khua Methodist Episcopal Book Room in a hawmkhiat John R. Sweney’ labu Gems of Praise labu sungah 1873 kumin kihel hi.

Sabine Baring-Gould’ phuah late’ lakah naupangte’ deih mahmah “Tu-in Sunni Tum Ta” (Now the Day Is Over) la bang minthang deuh hi. Pasian’ thu gengen-in, laibu gelhgelh-a, nasep hanciamin a gim mahmah den hangin Pasian in cidamna pia a kum 90 mah nungta hi. 1925 kumin si a, ahih hangin a kin phuah mahmah “Khazih’ Galkapte’n Ah” la bel tuni dongin nungta lai hi.

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