Scripture Verse

Return ye, and get you unto your tents. Joshua 22:4

Introduction

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Thomas Kelly
(1769–1855)

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns on Var­i­ous Pas­sages of Scrip­tures, sec­ond ed­i­tion, 1806.

Music: Gros­tette Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

O Israel, to thy tents repair!
Why thus secure on hostile ground?
Thy King commands thee to beware;
For many foes thy camp surround.

The trumpet gives a martial strain:
O Israel, gird thee for the fight!
Arise, the combat to maintain,
And put thine enemies to flight.

Thou shouldst not sleep, as others do;
Awake! be vigilant, be brave!
The coward, and the sluggard too,
Must wear the fetters of the slave.

A nobler lot is cast for thee:
A kingdom waits thee in the skies;
With such a hope, shall Israel flee,
Or yield through weariness the prize?

No! let a careless world repose,
And slumber on through life’s short day,
While Israel to the conflict goes,
And bears the glorious prize away.