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The sword of the Lord and Gideon

Gideon, with three hundred soldiers

Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck
Tune: [Gideon, with three hundred soldiers]
Published in 7 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Gideon, with three hundred soldiers,
Once a mighty host withstood,
Camping in the Moreh Valley—
An uncounted multitude.
But the Lord was helping Gideon,
And his brave and trusting band,
Armed with trumpets, lamps and pitchers,
Went, obeying God’s command:

Blow thy trumpet, break thy pitcher,
Hold thy lamp within thy hand along the line;
Cry, “The sword of the Lord and Gideon!”
“The sword of the Lord and Gideon,”
“The sword of the Lord and Gideon,”
And the vict’ry shall be thine.

2 God was mighty to deliver,
And they fought without a sword,
Wielding naught but torch and trumpet
And Jehovah’s mighty Word.
Gideon’s men were but a handful,
Yet on God they could rely,
And the army, panic-stricken,
Fled before their battle cry. [Refrain]

3 Go ye forth to bloodless battle
In the army of the Lord;
Seek the triumph of his kingdom;
Sound his name with one accord.
Break thy darkened earthly vessels;
Flash the light of sacred Word;
Flash the light of holy living;
Let the voice of God be heard. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Praise and Salvation #52

Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck

Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Gideon, with three hundred soldiers
Title: The sword of the Lord and Gideon
Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck
Refrain First Line: Blow thy trumpet, break thy pitcher



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d93

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Gospel Melodies #102

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs #122

Hymns of Grace and Glory #d43

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Jubilant Voices for Sunday Schools and Devotional Meetings #118

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Songs of Praise and Salvation #52

Songs of Redemption #d54

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