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Hold the Fort

Ho, my comrades! see the signal, Waving in the sky!

Author: P. P. Bliss (1870)
Tune: [Ho, my comrades, see the signal] (Bliss)
Published in 134 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Representative Text

1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

Refrain:
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”

2. See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on,
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!

3. See the glorious banner waving, Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near,
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!



Source: 50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #21

Author: P. P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss (b. Clearfield County, PA, 1838; d. Ashtabula, OH, 1876) left home as a young boy to make a living by working on farms and in lumber camps, all while trying to continue his schooling. He was converted at a revival meeting at age twelve. Bliss became an itinerant music teacher, making house calls on horseback during the winter, and during the summer attending the Normal Academy of Music in Genesco, New York. His first song was published in 1864, and in 1868 Dwight L. Moody advised him to become a singing evangelist. For the last two years of his life Bliss traveled with Major D. W. Whittle and led the music at revival meetings in the Midwest and Southern United States. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey published a popular series of hym… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ho, my comrades! see the signal, Waving in the sky!
Title: Hold the Fort
Author: P. P. Bliss (1870)
Meter: 8.5.8.5 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hold the fort, for I am coming
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2503
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Timeless Truths #735
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Full Score (Shape Notes) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
TextPage Scan

50 Favorites #21

Rejoice Hymns #674

Page Scan

Sacred Selections for the Church #234

Audio

Small Church Music #1431

Page Scan

Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #411

Spiritual Life Songs #122

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #2503

Text

The Song Book of the Salvation Army #804

TextScoreAudio

Timeless Truths #735

Include 125 pre-1979 instances
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