Jesus! Shall The Watchword Be

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1 Jesus! shall the watchword be,
For the year that is before us us;
Jesus’ name the world shall see
As the banner waving o’er us—
Over all who Him obey,
And are walking in His way.

2 Jesus’ name and Jesus’ grace
We in Zion are confessing,
And whene’er we seek the place
Where that name commands the blessing,
There we shall His glory see,
There the heart His temple be.

3 With that name upon our lips,
We will go where’er He guide us;
With that star before our steps
Nothing evil can betide us.
Bright will be each hour and place
With the sunshine of His grace.

4 Through that name our fiery pains
Grow a purifying ordeal,
And our bitterest cup contains,
Through its power a wholesome cordial.
Jesus’ name is sun and shield,
And will endless solace yield!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11657

Author: Benjamin Schmolck

Schmolck, Benjamin, son of Martin Schmolck, or Schmolcke, Lutheran pastor at Brauchitschdorf (now Chrόstnik) near Liegnitz in Silesia (now Poland) was born at Brauchitschdorf, Dec. 21, 1672. He entered the Gymnasium at Lauban in 1688, and spent five years there. After his return home he preached for his father a sermon which so struck the patron of the living that he made Benjamin an allowance for three years to enable him to study theology. He matriculated, at Michaelmas, 1693, at the University of Leipzig, where he came under the influence of J. Olearius, J. B. Carpzov, and others, and throughout his life retained the character of their teaching, viz. a warm and living practical Christianity, but Churchly in tone and not Pietistic. In th… Go to person page >

Translator: James D. Burns

Burns, James Drummond, M.A., was born at Edinburgh, February 18, 1823. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Edinburgh. In 1845 he became Free Church minister of Dunblane, but resigned through failing health, in 1848, and took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira. In 1855 he became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church, London. Died at Mentone, Nov. 27, 1864, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. His hymns appeared in:— (l) The Vision of Prophecy: and other Poems (Edin., Edmonston and Douglas). This was originally published in 1854, and enlarged in 1858. The Poems are distinguished by vivid colouring and poetic imagination, along with directness, delicacy of execution, pensive sweetness, and t… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus! shall the watchword be
Title: Jesus! Shall The Watchword Be
German Title: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht
Author: Benjamin Schmolck
Translator: James D. Burns
Meter: 7.8.7.8.7.7
Source: Tr.: Published posthumously in Memoir and Remains of the Rev. James D. Burns, M. A. of Hampstead by James Hamilton (London: J. Nisbet, 1869)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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