Scripture Verse

I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Joshua 5:14


John H. Tenney

Words: Jus­tus B. Vin­ton, in White Robes, by Alon­zo J. Ab­bey & Mer­ritt J. Mun­ger (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1879), num­ber 24. Based on the sim­i­lar­i­ty in word­ing, this song was ev­i­dent­ly in­spired by Hold the Fort, writ­ten a few years ear­li­er.

Music: Can­cún John H. Ten­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Vin­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Ho! my comrades, see the signal
Jesus waves on high;
Satan’s battlements are reeling;
Hear our captain’s cry.

Storm the fort! For I am leading!
I have shown you how!

Shout the answer back to Heaven,
We are ready now!

See! the lofty walls are frowning,
Held by Satan’s power;
Sin enshrouds the world in darkness;
Now’s the storming hour.


See! the prophets now are showing
How the fort must fall;
There is no such thing as failing;
Shout, my comrades all.


Fierce and long the siege has lasted,
But the end is near;
Onward leads our great commander;
Cheer, my comrades, cheer!