Scripture Verse

7So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. Joshua 6:20

Introduction

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Isaac Williams
1802–1865

Words: Jean B. de San­teüil, in the Clu­ni­ac Brev­i­a­ry, 1686 (Su­preme qua­les, Ar­bi­ter). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Is­aac Will­iams in the Bri­tish Ma­ga­zine, June 1836.

Music: Ha­no­ver at­trib­ut­ed to Will­iam Croft, in The Sup­ple­ment to the New Ver­sion of Psalms, by Na­hum Tate & Ni­cho­las Bra­dy, 6th ed­i­tion, 1708 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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William Croft
1678–1727

Lyrics

Disposer supreme,
And Judge of the earth,
Who choosest for Thine
The weak and the poor;
To frail earthen vessels
And things of no worth
Entrusting Thy riches
Which aye shall endure.

Those vessels soon fail,
Though full of Thy light,
And at Thy decree,
Are broken and gone;
Thence brightly appeareth
Thy truth in its might,
As through the clouds riven
The lightnings have shone.

Like clouds they are borne
To do Thy great will,
And swift as the winds
About the world go;
The Word with His wisdom
Their spirits doth fill,
They thunder, they lighten,
The waters o’erflow.

Their sound goeth forth,
Christ Jesus the Lord;
Then Satan doth fear,
His citadels fall;
As when the dread trumpets
Went forth at Thy Word,
And one long blast shattered
The Canaanite’s wall.

O loud be their trump,
And stirring their sound,
To rouse us, O Lord,
From slumber of sin;
The lights Thou hast kindled
In darkness around,
O may they illumine
Our spirits within.

All honor and praise,
Dominion and might,
To God, Three in One,
Eternally be;
Who round us hath shed
His own marvelous light,
And called us from darkness
His glory to see.