Scripture Verse

Look up, and lift up your heads; for your re­demp­tion draweth nigh. Luke 21:28


Words: Le­vi Gil­bert, in Pen­te­cost­al Hymns Nos. 1 and 2 Com­bined, by Hen­ry Date (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Hope Pub­lish­ing, 1894), num­ber 9.

Music: John Brown’s Bo­dy, pos­si­bly by John Will­iam Steffe (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Mine eyes have seen the to­kens
Of an­oth­er Pen­te­cost,
Mine ears have heard the ga­ther­ing
Of a de­di­cat­ed host,
My soul has felt the pre­sence
Of the pro­mised Ho­ly Ghost,
Our youth are march­ing on.


Look up, lift up, night is flee­ing!
Look up, lift up, day is break­ing!
Look up, lift up, vic­to­ry com­eth!
Our youth are march­ing on.

There’s a fire of con­se­cra­tion
That is kind­ling in our youth,
They are vow­ing hear­ty ser­vice
To the Mas­ter and His truth,
Their faith is pure and ar­dent,
And their works are Gos­pel proof,
Our youth are march­ing on.


There’s a fer­vor of re­viv­al
Burning bright in ma­ny hearts,
There’s a glow of gen­er­ous loy­al­ty
Their no­ble pur­pose starts,
’Tis the spir­it of the fa­thers
And the zeal that Christ im­parts,
Our youth are march­ing on.


They un­furl Im­ma­nu­el’s ban­ner,
And be­hold, the thou­sands rise!
They are look­ing up in pray­er to Him
Enthroned be­yond the skies,
They are lift­ing up their bro­ther
From the ru­in where he lies,
Our youth are march­ing on.