Scripture Verse

The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. Judges 7:18

Introduction

Words: H. D. Spear, in The Ideal Song and Hymn Book, by Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner (New York: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1909), num­ber 29.

Music: Fred S. Shep­ard (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Spear or Shep­ard’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

illustration
Gideon Chooses the Three Hundred
James J. J. Tissot
1836–1902

Lyrics

See the hosts of ill, camped along the hill
And within the vale below!
See their bold array! shall we win the day,
As we march against the foe?

Refrain

With the sword of the Lord and of Gideon,
With the sword of the Lord and of Gideon,
With the sword of the Lord and of Gideon,
Smite the enemy till he flee.

O how great and strong are the hosts of wrong
Clad in all their pomp and pride!
But we need not fear, when their ranks draw near,
For the Lord is on our side.

Refrain

Satan strong may be, but will surely flee
If we falter not nor fail;
For the cause of right and of God we fight,
And we must at last prevail.

Refrain

Forward, then, we’ll go and meet the foe
In the strength of Christ, our king;
When the day is done, and the fight is won,
Then the victor’s song we’ll sing.

Refrain