Scripture Verse

Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. Jeremiah 6:17


Words: James S. Bit­ler, Sr., 1888, alt.

Music: D. C. John (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know John’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

James S. Bitler, Sr.


Hear the bugle calling,
Come without delay;
Every man be ready
For the fight today.
Do not sleep in danger,
Do not hesitate;
Rouse you up, O soldiers,
For the foe is great.


Hear the bugle calling,
Calling you and me;
Awake, ye soldiers of the cross!
Hear the bugle calling,
Calling you and me,
Come without delay;
Rouse you up, O soldiers,
For the fight today!

Hear the bugle calling,
Time is going fast;
Men are dying ’round you,
Life will soon be past!
Seize the moment quickly,
Speak the word just now;
Trust the Lord to guide you,
He will show you how.


Hear the bugle calling;
See, it calls for you!
Don’t say there are others,
That will never do.
For your place, my brother,
Others can not fill;
You must do your duty,
Do it with a will.


O, if some poor sinner,
Looking now to thee,
Should be lost forever,
To eternity,
Could you clear your conscience
Of the blood of men?
At the bar of Jesus,
Can you meet it then?