1 We can shout before the battle,
Glory be to Jesus’ name!
For we have the blessed promise,
And the victory we claim;
City walls will fall before us,
All our foes will flee away,
When they hear God’s mighty army
Shouting on its conq’ring way.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
We the victor’s pathway tread;
Glory for the present triumph,
And for victories ahead.
2 Shouts beforehand are as forceful
As the mighty earthquake shock,
And before our notes of triumph
Earthborn structures reel and rock;
Fetters break and fall asunder,
Prison doors are opened wide,
And we onward sweet to vict’ry,
Like the sea’s restless tide. [Refrain]
3 So we meet the foe around us,
Follow close our gracious King,
Praise him for the promised triumph,
Of his holiness we sing.
As we march with glad hosannas
Ev’ry barricade must fall,
We shall never be defeated,
Shouts of faith will conquer all. [Refrain]
Henry Jeffreys Zelley was born at Mt. Holly, NJ, on Mar. 15, 1859. Educated in the Mt. Holly public schools, at Pennington Seminary, and at Taylor University, where he earned his M. A., Ph. D., and D. D. degrees, he became a Methodist minister in 1882 and first served in the New Jersey Conference as a statistical secretary, treasurer, and trustee, becoming a promoter of the campmeeting movement.
Noted for his evangelistic fervor, Zelley produced over 1500 poems, hymns, and gospel songs. One of his songs, "He Brought Me Out" with music by Henry L. Gilmour, appears in several denominational hymnals. Cyberhymnal also lists "When Israel Out of Bondage Came" or "He Rolled the Sea Away" with music by Gilmour too. Another of Zelley’s so… Go to person page >