1 Who’ll enroll his name in the army of the King?
Who will sign a life-enlistment, and his full allegiance bring?
For the cause demands ev’ry noble gift and power;
Who will follow after Jesus? who’ll begin this very hour?
Put my name on the list of the army of the King,
To fight His royal battles, and His glory sing;
And when the sunset bells shall their final vict’ry ring,
I’ll have a joyful welcome in the palace of the King.
2 Who will wield the sword of the Spirit, strong and true?
Who will join the royal army, and the Leader’s bidding go?
Who will take the shield of the faith that’s sure to win,
And the “helmet of salvation,” in the warfare wages with sin? [Refrain]
3 Who are on the side of the good, the true, the pure?
Who will raise the mighty standard? who will to the end endure?
Who will march, or halt, as the trumpet-call shall sound?
Who will bear the cross for Jesus, till with starry light he’s crowned? [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >