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Captain, We Look To Thee

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1 Captain, we look to Thee,
Thy promised succors claim,
Humbly assured of victory
Through Thine almighty name;
With furious beasts to fight,
Forth in Thy strength we go,
With all the earth-born sons of night,
With all the fiends below.

2 Hold of Thine arm we take,
And fearlessly march on,
The world, the realm of Satan, shake,
And turn it upside down;
’Gainst all the powers of hell
Undaunted we proceed,
Resistless and invincible
Through our triumphant Head.

3 A suffering fight we wage
With man’s oppressive power,
Endure the persecutor’s rage,
Till all the storm is o’er;
Armed with the patient mind
Which in our Savior was,
We bear the hate of all mankind,
And glory in the cross.

4 To gain that heavenly prize
We gladly suffer here,
And languish in yon opening skies
To see His sign appear;
His sign we soon shall see,
The Lord shall quickly come,
And give the final victory,
And take the conquerors home.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11460

Author (attributed to): Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Captain, we look to Thee
Title: Captain, We Look To Thee
Author (attributed to): Charles Wesley
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Composed for Bridges's text by George J. Elvey (PHH 48), DIADEMATA was first published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Since that publication, the tune has retained its association with this text. The name DIADEMATA is derived from the Greek word for "crowns." The tune is lively an…

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