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The Mighty Men Of Old

Moses clave the sea in twain

Author: John H. Hopkins
Tune: [Moses clave the sea in twain]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Moses clave the sea in twain,
The waters did like walls remain,
While through its coral groves, dry shod,
Marched on the chosen tribes of God.
Pharaoh’s armies dared the path,
But waves o’erwhelmed with God’s deep wrath,
While Israel’s hosts sang loud and free,
To Him who triumphed gloriously.

Thus Christ arose,
A mighty conqueror,
O’er all our foes,
Forever and evermore,

2 Samson, when the sun went down,
Invaded Gaza’s godless town;
His foes all night await their prey,
While bound by sin and death he lay;
Midnight sees the hero ris’n;
The gates and bars that formed his pris’n,
Swift from the massive wall he tears,
And up the hill in triumph bears. [Refrain]

3 Jonah calmed the raging sea,
When swallowed by the fish was he;
From out the pit of deepest hell,
He prayed the God of Israel.
Risen from that living tomb,
With newborn power, behold him come,
While Nineveh’s thousands, young and old,
Melt at the charming of his tongue. [Refrain]

4 Daniel, in the lions’ den,
Was thrown, at eve, by cruel men;
They sealed the stone, but angels came
And made the roaring lions tame.
Free among the dead was he,
And rose at morn victoriously;
While all his furious foes were found
Twice dead before they touched the ground. [Refrain]

5 Thus the mighty men of old
Our Jesu’s victories foretold;
By mighty deeds they dimly showed
The mightier deeds of Christ, our God;
Deeds of valor, too, be ours,
With bolder hearts, and nobler powers,
For babes, in Christ, can now do more
Than all the mighty men of yore. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14539

Author: John H. Hopkins

John Henry Hopkins, Jr MA USA 1820-1891. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, having 12 siblings, the son of pioneer parents (his father from Dublin, his mother from Hamburg) he became an ecclesiologist. His father had been an ironmaster, school teacher, lawyer, priest and second Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, (becoming presiding bishop in 1865). When his father founded the Vermont Episcopal Institute, he needed an assistant to help run it, so he picked his son to become a tutor and disciplinarian. The younger Hopkins played the flute and bugle in the school orchestra and also taught Sunday school. John Henry reflected the artistic talents of both parents in music, poetry, and art. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1839, he returned… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Moses clave the sea in twain
Title: The Mighty Men Of Old
Author: John H. Hopkins
Source: Carols, Hymns and Songs (New York: Church Book Depository, 1863)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Thus Christ arose
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #14539
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The Cyber Hymnal #14539

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