Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously.@Exodus 15:21

Thomas Crawford, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc). This song won first prize for words and music in an 1883 Sunday School Union contest.

Raise the song of triumph, swell the strains of joy;
Hymns in praise of Jesus let our lips employ;
As our Savior greet Him, grateful tribute bring,
Praises to our captain, praises to our king.

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Forward, forward! victory be the cry;
Onward, onward! banners waving high;
Join the angel chorus in the sky,
And sing aloud to Christ our king.

Day by day we’re passing through this world of care,
Year by year approaching Heav’n so bright and fair.
Old and young together join the pilgrim band
Marching on to victory and the promised land.

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Tenderly the Shepherd every lamb doth guide;
Keep us then, dear Jesus, safely by Thy side:
Faithful to Thy promise, storms can ne’er dismay;
Mighty Captain, lead us still in Zion’s way.

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