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Answer the call, ye brave men

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1 Answer the call, ye brave men,
The Master's call to save men;
Each moment death is gaining,
Their blood our garments staining:

Who'll go? who'll go, whate'er the cost?
Who'll go? who'll go to save the lost?

2 Lighting the world with glory,
Once more the gospel story
In purity and pow'r
Proclaims the judgment hour: [Chorus]

3 Nations afar are waking,
Their idol shrines forsaking;
God's truth puts on its splendor,
Immanuel its defender: [Chorus]

4 Bearing the name of Jesus,
Whose great salvation frees us,
With joy the good news carry,
Nor dare to longer tarry: [Chorus]

5 Where icy winds are crying,
Where India's poor are dying,
Where Southern seas are sleeping,
Where Western isles are weeping.

Chorus: I go, I go, whate'er the cost;
I go, I go to save the lost.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #673

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Answer the call, ye brave men
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Who'll go? who'll go whate'er the cost
Copyright: Public Domain


[When storms around are sweeping] (Plötz)

This tune is misattributed to Johanna Kinkel. She was a musician who composed a tune to her husband's (Johann Gottfried Kinkel) poem, "Des Lehnsmanns Abschied" or "Ritters Abschied", first line: "Weh dass wir scheiden müssen." Otto Plötz also composed a tune to this poem in 1859. Plötz's tune is…

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