1 Rouse ye! O ye freemen! For a foe is in your nation,
Sparing not your men and maidens on its downward way;
Rally to the standard of the Captain of Salvation,
Who never lost a battle; He calls for you today.
My Captain never lost a battle,
His army He is ever leading
On to certain victory;
All the host of the world defying,
With the cross-barred banner flying,
Join the mighty army, crying
2 Hear ye! Through the darkness comes the sob of children weeping,
Robbed of health and hope and life, their heritage of love;
Waken from your slumber, ‘tis no time for sinful sleeping,
A Voice to you is calling! The Voice of God above. [Refrain]
3 Forward! God is with us, we are on His pow’r relying,
We shall gain the victory, our cause we know is just;
Forward! Never falter! All the host of sin defying,
Our God ne’er lost a battle, in him we put our trust. [Refrain]
Charles Austin Miles (1868-1946)
Born: January 7, 1868, Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Died: March 10, 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell, New Jersey.
Pseudonym: A. A. Payn.
Miles attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1892, he abandoned his career as a pharmacist and wrote his first Gospel song, “List ’Tis Jesus’ Voice” which was published by the Hall-Mack Company. He served as editor and manager at the Hall-Mack publishers for 37 years. In his own words:
It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most… Go to person page >