O great Lord Christ, my Savior

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1 O great Lord Christ, my Saviour,
Thou goest forth to war!
Against thee surge the foemen—
They muster from afar!
I hear thy clear voice ringing
Above the eager fight,
‘Come hither, son, and serve me,
And wield the arms of light.’

2 I see amid the darkness,
Where tides of battle toss,
Aloft thy broad white banner,
Marked with the blood-red cross;
And all around are marshalled
The men whose hearts are pure:
Through thine anointing Spirit
They shall, O Christ, endure.

3 But I am all unstable
As a wind-shaken reed;
Forgotten vow and failure
And sins my way impede;
Behold, they are as scarlet
Before thy holy face:
I cannot tell their number;
I can but trust thy grace.

4 Yet would I, Lord, press near thee,
And share thy toil divine—
Thy love’s long patient vigil
Ere lights of morning shine!
My Captain, O my Captain,
Stretch forth thy nail-pierced hand,
And claim me by that token
One of thy soldier band!

Source: Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #179

Author: Alfred H. Vine

Vine, Alfred H., son of J. Vine, Wesleyan minister, was born at Nottingham in 1845, educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and King's College, London, and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1867. He has published The Doom of Saul, 1895; Songs of the Heart 1905, and Songs of Living Things, 1897. Of his hymns the following are in common use:— 1. O Breath of God, breathe on us now . [Whitsuntide] 2. O Great Lord Christ,my Saviour. [The Divine Call] 3. Saviour, Thy clear eyes behold. [Omniscience of Christ] Of these Nos. 1 and 2 are from his The Doom of Saul, 1895; and No. 3 was written for the Wesleyan Young People's Hymnal, 1896. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: O great Lord Christ, my Savior
Author: Alfred H. Vine
Copyright: Public Domain



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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