78. Alas! Elisha's Servant Cried

1. Alas! Elisha’s servant cried,
When he the Syrian army spied,
But he was soon released from care,
In answer to the prophet’s prayer.

2. Straitway he saw, with other eyes,
A greater army from the skies;
A fiery guard around the hill,
Thus are the saints preservèd still.

3. When Satan and his host appear,
Like him of old, I faint and fear;
Like him, by faith, with joy I see,
A greater host engaged for me.

4. The saints espouse my cause by prayer,
The angels make my soul their care;
Mine is the promise sealed with blood,
And Jesus lives to make it good.

Text Information
First Line: Alas! Elisha's servant cried
Title: Alas! Elisha's Servant Cried
Author: John Newton (1779)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns, (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 40.
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Joseph Funk (1867)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 55653 55651 55655
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Harmonia Sacra 12th edition, 1867
Copyright: Public Domain

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