11986. O, We Are Volunteers

1 O, we are volunteers
In the army of the Lord,
Forming into line at our Captain’s word;
We are under marching orders
To take the battlefield,
And we’ll ne’er give o’er the fight
Till the foe shall yield.

Come and join the army,
The army of the Lord,
Jesus is our Captain, we rally at His word;
Sharp will be the conflict
With the powers of sin,
But with such a leader, we are sure to win.

2 The glory of our flag
Is the emblem of the dove,
Gleaming are our swords
From the forge of love;
We go forth, but not to battle
For earthly honors vain,
’Tis a bright immortal crown
That we seek to gain. [Refrain]

3 Our foes are in the field,
Pressing hard on every side,
Envy, anger, hatred, with self and pride;
They are cruel, fierce and strong,
Ever ready to attack,
We must watch and fight and pray
If we’d drive them back. [Refrain]

4 Oh, glorious is the struggle
In which we draw the sword,
Glorious is the kingdom of Christ, our Lord;
It shall spread from sea to sea,
It shall reach from shore to shore,
And His people shall be blessèd
For evermore. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: O, we are volunteers
Title: O, We Are Volunteers
Author: George Frederick Root (1862)
Refrain First Line: Come and join the army
Language: English
Source: The Silver Chime (Boston: Henry tolman, 1862)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [O, we are volunteers]
Composer: George Frederick Root
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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