Rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us.@Numbers 14:9

Kittie L. Suffield, 1922 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Report of the Spies and Remonstrance of Caleb
William B. Hole (1846-1917)

’Twas the Lord of hosts that led us out of Egypt’s sand;
And He led us through the Red Sea by His mighty hand,
Never halting in the wilderness, but His command
Gave assurance we were able to possess the land.

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We are able to go up and take the country,
And possess the land from Jordan to the sea;
And, though giants tall be there our way to hinder,
God will surely give the victory.

When the spies brought back the message, this is what they said:
Against giants and walled cities, we cannot be led;
But a Caleb and a Joshua said, They’ll be as bread;
We are able to go up, possess the land ahead.

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When we crossed the river Jordan, in the land we found:
Wine and oil and milk and honey, richest fruits abound;
Sparkling fountains, and the showers come upon the ground;
We are able, Hallelujah! Let God’s praise resound.

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There’s no thirsting for old Egypt, since we’re in this way,
And we care not what the critics or the ten spies say;
For the land abounds in plenty, and we’re here to stay,
Won’t you come and join us, brother, enter in today?

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