1 There’s a call for valiant soldiers in the army of the Lord,
That the world from sin’s dominion may be free;
Who will take the gospel armor, girding on the Spirit’s sword?
Who will answer “here am I, O Lord, send me.”
Enlist today, then to the battle field away,
Be a soldier true and brave;
Quickly answer to his call,
For the Lord hath need of all,
Help this dying world to save.
2 Hear the call “to arms” resounding over valley, hill, and plain,
While above the din of battle, clear and strong
Rings the cry for reinforcements, sounding o’er and o’er again,
Who will join our ranks and gladly march along?[Refrain]
3 In this century’s glad dawning help to usher in the day,
When all people shall have heard the gospel call;
When our Christ in every nation shall have undisputed sway,
Every human tongue proclaim him Lord of all. [Refrain]
Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by."
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