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In the King's Army

Behold, that bloodstain'd banner of the King

Author: Eben E. Rexford
Tune: [Behold that blood stained banner of the King]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Behold that blood-stain’d banner of the King!
And hark! the rallying cry!
“Enlist, enlist, exultingly it rings,
Nor let him pass you by.”

Enlist, enlist! the mighty trumpets ring,
Earth’s battlefield’s across;
Beneath the blood-stain’d banner of the King,
A soldier of the cross.

2 Behold, the allied hosts of wrong and sin,
Drawn up in strong array!
Shut fast the gates, nor let them enter in!
Christ holds the camp today! [Chorus]

3 Enlist, enlist, the army of the Lord
Is gath’ring for the fight,
And to the winds all doubts and fears they fling
Strong in their Leader’s might. [Chorus]

4 Put on the armor of the King, I pray,
Oh, waiting, careless heart,
Christ or the world! he bids you choose today!
Oh, choose the better part. [Chorus]

5 Oh, blood-stain’d banner, he no more resists!
“Be Christ my King!” he cries;
Beneath thy folds another heart enlists!
Oh, shout it to the skies. [Chorus]

Source: Good Will: A collection of New Music for Sabbath Schools and Gospel Meetings (Enlarged) #91

Author: Eben E. Rexford

Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton. See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold, that bloodstain'd banner of the King
Title: In the King's Army
Author: Eben E. Rexford
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Enlist! enlist! the mighty trumpets ring
Copyright: Public Domain



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