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Lift up the banner of salvation

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1 Lift up the banner of salvation,
That white and blood-dyed banner of the cross.
Proclaim it wide to ev'ry nation:
There is redemption from our dreaded loss;
The Lamb of God upon the cross was slain
That man the promised crown of life might gain.

2 Raise high that banner for each nation,
Let ev'ry eye behold the Crucified,
Whom God before the world's foundation
Had as a ransom for us set aside.
Do not this truth from anyone withhold;
To all the message of the cross be told.

3 Lift up the banner, tell the story:
With Jesus' blood thou, too, wast dearly bought;
Behold, the mighty Lord of glory
Complete salvation for us all hath wrought.
Poor, weeping soul, be happy and rejoice
And praise the Lamb of God with gladsome voice.

4 Then let no other news be spoken,
Let ev'ryone the Master's Word repeat.
Why should a man, with promise broken,
Proclaim the wisdom of his own conceit?
For such a one will nevermore be blest,
Since God's displeasure must upon him rest.

5 Regard us from Thy habitation,
For we are erring, blind and poor, O Lord.
That wisdom which is our salvation
Remains alone with Thine unerring Word,
And even this we cannot comprehend
If Thou wilt not Thy Spirit's brightness lend.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #98

Author: Kauko Veikko Tamminen

Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church priest Go to person page >

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First Line: Lift up the banner of salvation
Author: Kauko Veikko Tamminen



DIR, DIR, JEHOVA was published anonymously in Georg Wittwe's Musikalisches Handbuch der Geistlichen Melodien (1690). The bar form (AAB) melody was expanded in Johann A. Freylinghausen's Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), where it was set to a hymn by Bärtholomaus Crasselius, "Dir, dir, Jehovah, vill i…

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