Christian Rouse Thee

Christian [Soldier], rouse thee, war is raging

Author (attr.): George S. Railton (1874)
Tune: [Christian, rouse thee! war is raging]
Published in 25 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Soldier, rouse thee! War is raging,
God and fiends are battle waging—
Every ransomed pow’r engaging,
Break the tempter’s spell.
Dare ye still lie fondly dreaming,
Wrapt in ease and worldly scheming,
While the multitudes are streaming
Downwards into hell?

Through the world resounding,
Let the gospel sounding,
Summon all, at Jesus’ call
His glorious cross surrounding.
Sons of God, earth’s trifles leaving,
Be not faithless but believing,
To your conqu’ring Captain cleaving,
Forward in the fight.

2 Lord, we come, and from Thee never
Self nor earth our hearts shall sever;
Thine entirely, Thine forever,
We will fight and die.
To a world of rebels dying,
Heav’n and hell and God defying,
Everywhere we’ll still be crying,
“Will ye perish—why?” [Refrain]

3 Hark! I hear the warriors shouting,
Now the hosts of hell we’re routing;
Courage! Onward! Never doubting,
We shall win the day.
See the foe before us falling,
Sinners on the Savior calling,
Throwing off the bondage galling—
Join our glad array. [Refrain]

Songs and Music [Salvation Army], 1922 (Timeless Truths)

Author (attr.): George S. Railton

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Text Information

First Line: Christian [Soldier], rouse thee, war is raging
Title: Christian Rouse Thee
Author (attr.): George S. Railton (1874)
Meter: D with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Through the world resounding
Copyright: Public Domain


[Christian, rouse thee! war is raging]

The first four lines of this tune constitute the Common Metre hymn tune HARLECH; a transcription of the melody and the most commonly found English lyrics of the martial folk tune are given in the Digital Tradition: MEN OF HARLECH (a Welsh text and translation are here).

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The Cyber Hymnal #9725
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Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

The Cyber Hymnal #9725


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #693


Timeless Truths #723

Include 22 pre-1979 instances
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