1 Captain of Israel's host and guide
of all who seek the land above,
beneath thy shadow we abide,
the cloud of thy protecting love;
our strength, thy grace; our rule, thy word;
our end, the glory of the Lord.
2 By thine unerring Spirit led,
we shall not in the desert stray;
we shall not full direction need,
nor miss our providential way;
as far from danger as from fear
while love, almighty love, is near.
3 We've no abiding city here,
but seek a city out of sight;
thither our steady course we steer,
aspiring to the plains of light:
Jerusalem the saints' abode,
whose founder is the living God.
|First Line:||Captain of Israel's host and guide|
|Title:||Captain of Israel's Host|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1747, 1762)|
|Topic:||City of God; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob|
|Source:||St. 1-2 inspired by Matthew Henry (c. 1700), written in 1762. St. 3 written in 1747|
|Source:||La Scala Santa (Ireland, 1681)|