O we are volunteers in the army of the Lord

O we are volunteers in the army of the Lord

Author: George F. Root
Tune: [O, we are volunteers in the army of the Lord]
Published in 43 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Oh, we are volunteers in the army of the Lord,
Forming into line at our Captain's word;
We are under marching orders to take the battle field,
And we'll ne'er give o'er the fight till the foe shall yield.

Come and join the army, the army of the Lord,
Jesus is our Captain, we rally at his word;
Sharp will be the conflict with the powers of sin,
But with such a Leader, we are sure to win.

2 The glory of our flag is the emblem of the dove,
Gleaming are our swords from the forge of love;
We go forth, but not to battle for earthly honors vain,
'Tis a bright immortal crown that we seek to gain. [Refrain]

3 Oh, glorious is the struggle in which we draw the sword,
Glorious is the Kingdom of Christ, our Lord;
It shall spread from sea to sea, it shall reach from shore to shore,
And his people shall be blessed for evermore. [Refrain]

Source: Calvary Songs #111

Author: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O we are volunteers in the army of the Lord
Author: George F. Root
Refrain First Line: Come and join the army



The Cyber Hymnal #11986
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A Companion to the Canadian Sunday School Harp #53

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Beginner and Primary Songs for use in Sunday School and the Home #131

Bright Gems #d124

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Calvary Songs #111

Calvary Songs for Sunday School & Families. Words ed. #d130

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Children's Praise No. 1 #20

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Choice Songs #56

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Fresh Leaves for the use of Sabbath Schools #105c

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Gloria #202

Golden Censer #d65

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Hymns and Songs for Children's Worship, Together with Selections for Anniversary and Festive Occasions #51

Hymns and Tunes for Home Worship #d168

Hymns for the Use of the Sunday School of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Jersey City #d114

Hymns of the Centuries #d192

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International Song Service #135

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Northfield Hymns for Young People #86

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Our New Hymnal #341

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Precious Hymns #269

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Royal Praise for the Sunday School #62

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Songs of Devotion for Christian Assocations #416

Spirit of Praise #d80

Sunday School Service and Hymn Book arranged by the Sunday School Committee #d112

Sunshine for Sunday Schools #d74

Sweet Songs #d31

The Book of Worship #d399

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The Church School Hymnal #191

The Clariona #d155


The Cyber Hymnal #11986

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The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #141

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The Epworth Hymnal No. 2 #203

The Gem #d108

The Glorious Cause #d77

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The New Golden Censer #88

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The Primary and Junior Hymnal #176

The Primary Sunday School Hymnal #d139

The Saint John's Church Sunday School Hymn Book #d78

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The Silver Chime #52

The Silver Spray #d85

The Silver Spray #d108

The Singing Pilgrim #d139

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The Sunday School Hymnal #150

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The Sunday School Hymnal #150

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