The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.@Judges 7:20

Joseph W. Burgess, in International Gospel Hymns and Songs, by Peter P. Bilhorn (Chicago, Illlinois: Bilhorn Brothers, 1904), number 6. The song carried the heading, Dedicated to the Gideons.

Joseph W. Burgess, arranged by Peter P. Bilhorn (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Peter P. Bilhorn (1865-1936)

The Lord said to Gideon: Go forward!
For surely I’ll open the way;
Though countless the host that opposes,
Thou hast but to trust and obey.

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The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon
Is just as effective today, hallelujah!
As it was when the great host of Midian
Was vanquished, and fled in dismay.

His sword never yet lost a battle;
His promises never can fail;
O Gideons, move steadily forward
No matter what foes may assail.

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Be ready to throw down your pitcher;
Your lamp hold aloft in your hand;
And blow such a blast on your trumpet
’Twill echo all over the land.

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Sound none but true notes on your trumpet
As over the road you shall roam;
Till Gabriel’s trump blows the signal
That calls the last Gideon home.

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