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The Sword Of The Lord And Of Gideon

The Lord said to Gideon: Go forward!

Author: J. W. Burgess
Tune: [The Lord said to Gideon: Go forward]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 The Lord said to Gideon: "Go forward!
For surely I’ll open the way;
Though countless the host that opposes,
Thou hast but to trust and obey."

The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon
Is just as effective today, hallelujah!
As it was when the great host of Midian
Was vanquished, and fled in dismay.

2 His sword never yet lost a battle;
His promises never can fail;
O Gideons, move steadily forward
No matter what foes may assail. [Refrain]

3 Be ready to throw down your pitcher;
Your lamp hold aloft in your hand;
And blow such a blast on your trumpet
’Twill echo all over the land. [Refrain]

4 Sound none but true notes on your trumpet
As over the road you shall roam;
Till Gabriel’s trump blows the signal
That calls the last Gideon home. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7903

Author: J. W. Burgess

Born: January 1, 1851, Dansville, New York. Died: May 20, 1927, San Diego County, California. Buried: Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, San Diego, California. A journalist and temperance crusader, Burgess edited God’s Blessings (Dansville, New York: A. M. Hall, 1890), and founded the Dansville Breeze. In 1889, he married Helen Frances Sutton in Hornellsville, New York. They later settled in San Diego, California. Sources: Findagrave, accessed 17 Nov 2016 © The Cyber Hymnal™. Used by permission. (  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Lord said to Gideon: Go forward!
Title: The Sword Of The Lord And Of Gideon
Author: J. W. Burgess
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #7903
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