Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.@Matthew 6:19
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William P. Merrill (1867–1954)

William P. Merrill, 1911; first published in the Presbyterian newspaper The Continent.

Nolan R. Best, then editor of The Continent, happened to say to me that there was urgent need of a brotherhood hymn…The suggestion lingered in my mind, and just about that time I came upon an article by Gerald Stanley Lee, entitled The Church of the Strong Men. I was on one of the Lake Michigan steamers going back to Chicago for a Sunday at my own church, when suddenly this hymn came up, almost without conscious thought or effort.

Laufer, pp. 132–33

Festal Song William H. Walter, in the Episcopal Hymnal with Tunes Old and New, by John I. Tucker, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!