1 Christ's trumpet sounds, let saints be arm'd,
The battle is begun;
The hosts of Satan are alarm'd,
The day will soon be won.
2 The glorious captain, Jesus, sends
The heralds of his might;
To search and try who are his friends,
And who will list to fight.
3 The gospel calls for volunteers,
That come with heart and hand;
Where is there one for Christ appears,
Agains the foe to stand?
4 There's bounty money shall be giv'n
To all his soldiers here;
And glorious crowns and joys of heav'n,
When Jesus shall appear.
5 Here's dress, and food, and drink, and arms,
And pay, and vict'ry's sure;
This ev'ry Christian soldier charms,
And makes him war endure.
6 The captain never quits the field,
But fights before his men;
Until his foes are made to yield,
Or fall among the slain.
7 His foes can neither stand nor fly,
When he appears in sight;
But none of those shall ever die,
who in his army fight.
8 Dear Lord, behold I set my name,
A soldier I would be;
Thy gracious promises I claim,
And give myself to thee.
Source: A Choice Collection of Hymns, in which are some never before printed #III