God's trumpet wakes the slumbering world

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1 God’s trumpet wakes the slumb’ring world,
Now each man to his post!
The red-cross banner is unfurled—
Who join the glorious host?
He who is fealty to the truth,
And counting all the cost,
Doth consecrate his gen’rous youth,—
He joins the noble host.

2 He who, no anger on his tongue,
Nor any idle boast,
Bears steadfast witness ‘gainst the wrong,—
He joins the sacred host.
He who, with calm, undaunted will,
Ne’er counts the battle lost,
But, tho’ defeated, battles still,—
He joins the faithful host.

3 He who is ready for the cross,
The cause despised loves most,
And shuns not pain, or shame, or loss,—
He joins the martyr-host.
God’s trumpet wakes the slumb’ring world,
Now each man to his post!
The red-cross banner is unfurled;
We join the glorious host.

Source: Williston Hymns #36

Author: Samuel Longfellow

Longfellow, Samuel, B. A., brother of the Poet, was born at Portland, Maine, June 18, 1819, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in Arts in 1839, and in Theology in 1846. On receiving ordination as an Unitarian Minister, he became Pastor at Fall River, Massachusetts, 1848; at Brooklyn, 1853; and at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1860. In 1846 he edited, with the Rev. S. Johnson (q. v.), A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. This collection was enlarged and revised in 1848. In 1859 his Vespers was published, and in 1864 the Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit , under the joint editorship of the Rev. S. Johnson and himself. His Life of his brother, the Poet Longfellow, was published in 1886. To the works named he contributed the follow… Go to person page >

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First Line: God's trumpet wakes the slumbering world
Author: Samuel Longfellow
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





The tune is based on the the beginning of the soprano aria "Non vi piacque ingiusti dei" from the opera "Siroe"

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