Scripture Verse

His servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? So he answered, Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15–17

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 40. More with us than with them.

Music: Lou­el­la in Har­mo­nia Sac­ra, by Jo­seph Funk, 12th edi­tion, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Funk (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Alas! Eli­sha’s ser­vant cried,
When he the Sy­ri­an ar­my spied,
But he was soon re­leased from care,
In an­swer to the pro­phet’s pray­er.

Straitway he saw, with oth­er eyes,
A great­er ar­my from the skies;
A fie­ry guard around the hill,
Thus are the saints pre­serv­èd still.

When Sa­tan and his host ap­pear,
Like him of old, I faint and fear;
Like him, by faith, with joy I see,
A great­er host en­gaged for me.

The saints es­pouse my cause by pray­er,
The ang­els make my soul their care;
Mine is the pro­mise sealed with blood,
And Je­sus lives to make it good.