Equip me for the war

Representative Text

1 Equip me for the war,
And teach my hands to fight,
My simple upright heart prepare,
And guide my words aright;
Control my every thought,
The whole of sin remove;
Let all my works in thee be wrought,
Let all be wrought in love.

2 O arm me with the mind,
Meek Lamb, which was in thee,
And let my earnest zeal be found
With perfect charity!
With calm and tempered zeal,
Let me enforce thy call,
And vindicate thy gracious will
Which offers life to all.

3 O may I love like thee,
In all thy footsteps tread!
Thou hatest all iniquity,
But nothing thou hast made.
O may I learn the art
With meekness to reprove,
To hate the sin with all my heart,
But still the sinner love!


Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #568

Author: 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 >

Tune

ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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