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Sound the Rally Call

Watchers on the towers of Zion

Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Tune: [Watchers on the towers of Zion]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Watchers on the tow’rs of Zion,
Souls are dying far away,
Blow the trumpet of the Gospel,
Sound the rally call today,
Bright the sunlight gleams above you,
Strong of heart, of purpose true,
Ye who bear the name of Jesus,
Onward, there is work to do!

Praise the Lord! ye saints and angels,
His kingdom draweth nigh;
Hallelujah! sing rejoicing,
The King of glory reigns on high.

2 Speed the message, time is flying,
Let each hill and valley glow
With the signal lights of heaven,
Shining thro’ the gloom below;
Pass the word of hope and blessing,
Wait not till the night is near,
Free the captives from their fetters,
Save the soul to Christ so dear. [Refrain]

3 Forward! lift the cross rejoicing,
Tho’ it leads to Calvary,
Hear the Master gently calling,
“Who will my disciples be?”
Swell the hallelujah chorus,
Let it ring from shore to shore,
Till the nations cry exulting—
We are saved forevermore! [Refrain]

Source: Exalted Praise: a twentieth century collection of sacred hymns for the church, Sunday school, and devotional meetings #38

Author: Lizzie DeArmond

Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Watchers on the towers of Zion
Title: Sound the Rally Call
Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Refrain First Line: Praise the Lord! ye saints and angels
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