Captain of Israel's host, and GuideAuthor: Charles Wesley
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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.
Source: Rejoice in the Lord #51
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|Source:||Matthew Henry, c. 1700 (based on)|
Captain of Israel's host and Guide. C. Wesley. [The Divine Guide.] First published in his Short Hymns, &c, 1762, vol. i., No. 133, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines, and based on Ex. xiii. 21, "The Lord went before them by day in a Pillar of a Cloud, &c." In 1780 it was included, with alterations, in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 317. It is found in a large number of hymnals, but in every case with alterations of stanza ii., lines 3-4. The original stanza reads:—
By Thine unerring Spirit led,
We shall not in the desert stray,
The light of man's direction need,
Or miss our providential way.
As far from danger as from fear,
While Love, Almighty Love, is near.
The alterations which have been made in lines 3-4 are many. The most important are:—
1. By J. Wesley, in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780-1875:—
"We shall not full direction need,
Nor miss our providential way."
Dr. Osborn observes (Poetical Works, vol. ix. p. 43): "In 1780, Wesley altered the line so as to express assured confidence, without seeming to assert an independence of human help, ‘We shall not full direction need.' "This reading is generally followed by the Methodist collections.
2. In Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, these lines read:—
By Thee with heavenly manna fed,
We shall not lack in all our way.
3. In the Mitre Hymnbook, 1836, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms and Hymns, 1852, and later editions, this was changed to:—
By Thy paternal bounty fed,
We shall not lack in all our way.
This has been repeated in a few collections, as in Thring's, 1882, No. 266. Mr. Thring has also added a doxology.
4. In Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, and several later hymnals, it is again altered:—
"Our table by Thy bounty spread,
Our wants supplied from day to day.”
5. We must be content with another change:—
"Nor light of man's direction need,
While we pursue our heavenward way."
Full original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ix. p. 43.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 8 of 8)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|An Nou Chanté! : Let's Sing! #51||Captain of Israel's host, and Guide (Chèf lamé Izraèl kap gidé)||[Captain of Israel's host, and Guide (Chèf lamé Izraèl kap gidé)]||Charles Wesley, 1707-88; A. R.||1979|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #62||Captain of Israel's host, and Guide||Captain of Israel's host, and Guide||MARIENLYST||Charles Wesley||1983|
|Rejoice in the Lord #51||Captain of Israel's Host||Captain of Israel's host and guide||COLERAINE||Charles Wesley||22.214.171.124.88||Exodus 13:21; Hebrews 13:14||1985||City of God | ; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob |||St. 1-2 inspired by Matthew Henry (c. 1700), written in 1762. St. 3 written in 1747|
|Singing the Faith #459||Captain of Israel's host, and Guide||MARIENLYST||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||88 88 88||1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 1 John 4:18; Colossians 3:1; Exodus 13:21; Exodus 14:19-20; Galatians 5:18; Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 10:16-22; Hebrews 11:1-3; Hebrews 11:8; Hebrews 11:13-16; Joshua 5:14; Joshua 24:1-18; Proverbs 3:6; Psalm 73:24; Psalm 91:1||2011||Our Journey With God ||
|Small Church Music #4014||Marienlyst||Captain of Israel's host, and Guide||MARIENLYST||Charles Wesley||126.96.36.199.8.8|
|Small Church Music #4542||Farmborough||Captain of Israel's host, and Guide||FARMBOROUGH||Charles Wesley||188.8.131.52.8.8|
|The Cyber Hymnal #747||Captain of Israel's Host||Captain of Israel's host, and guide||EISENACH||Charles Wesley||88.88.88||<cite>Short Hymns</cite>, 1762|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #574||Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide||FARMBOROUGH||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||88.88.88||1 John 4:16-21; Exodus 13:21-22; Hebrews 11:12-16; Isaiah 31:21; John 14:6-10; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 84; Psalm 91||1999||Fear | ; Glory of God | ; God's Love to Us | ; Holy Spirit | ; Name/s of God | ; Protection | ; Providence ||