1 Hark the bugle tones resounding,
A summons giving to all;
Jesus wants you for the battle,
Oh haste to answer His call.
Stand firm for the right,
Ne’er give up the fight,
Rally round the standard of your Lord and King.
“Forward!” is the call,
March on, one and all,
Press the fray and gain the day,
Then vict’ry sing.
2 Volunteers for Christ are needed,
Enroll for service today;
Duty bids us join the army
Aligned in battle array. [Refrain]
3 Satan and his host may threaten,
And some may falter and fall;
Yet with Christ our mighty Captain
Our cause will surely prevail. [Refrain]
Born: December 23, 1865, London (possibly Bethnal Green), England.
Died: October 24, 1935, Brooklyn, New York.
Lerman emigrated to America as a child (he does not appear in the 1871 British census), and was a member of the Olivet Memorial Church in New York City. He played the organ there (1880-1908), and later at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Borough Park Christian Church, and Fourth Avenue Methodist Church, all in Brooklyn. He wrote a considerable amount of church and Sunday School music, and served as musical editor for the Tullar-Meredith Company of New York City, and the Theodore Pressure Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hughes, p. 472
Reynolds, p. 336
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