Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide Of all who seek the land above, Beneath Thy shadow we abide, The cloud of Thy protecting love; Our strength, Thy grace; our rule, Thy Word; Our end, the glory of the Lord.
By Thine unerring Spirit led, We shall not in the desert stray; The light of man’s direction need Or miss our providential way; As far from danger as from fear, While Love, almighty Love, is near.
Forward! be our watchword, steps and voices joined; Seek the things before us, not a look behind; Burns the fiery pillar at our army’s head; Who shall dream of shrinking, by our Captain led? Forward through the desert, through the toil and fight; Jordan flows before us; Zion beams with light.
Forward! When in childhood buds the infant mind; All through youth and manhood not a thought behind; Speed through realms of nature, climb the steps of grace; Faint not, till in glory, gleams our Father’s face. Forward, all the lifetime, climb from height to height, Till the head be hoary, till the eve be light.
Forward! flock of Jesus, salt of all the earth, Till each yearning purpose spring to glorious birth: Sick, they ask for healing; blind, they grope for day; Pour upon the nations wisdom’s loving ray. Forward, out of error, leave behind the night; Forward through the darkness, forward into light!
Glories upon glories hath our God prepared, By the souls that love Him one day to be shared; Eye hath not beheld them, ear hath never heard; Nor of these hath uttered thought or speech a word; Forward, marching eastward, where the heaven is bright, Till the veil be lifted, till our faith be sight.
Far o’er yon horizon rise the city towers Where our God abideth; that fair home is ours: Flash the streets with jasper, shine the gates with gold; Flows the gladdening river shedding joys untold. Thither, onward, thither, in the Spirit’s might; Pilgrims to your country, forward into light!
Into God’s high temple, onward as we press, Beauty spreads around us, born of holiness; Arch, and vault, and carving, lights of varied tone, Softened words and holy, prayer and praise alone. Every thought upraising to our city bright, Where the tribes assemble round the throne of light.
Naught that city needeth of these aisles of stone; Where the Godhead dwelleth, temple there is none; All the saints that ever in these courts have stood, Are but babes, and feeding on the children’s food. On through sign and token, stars amidst the night, Forward through the darkness, forward into light.
To th’eternal Father loudest anthems raise; To the Son and Spirit echo songs of praise; To the Lord of glory, blessed Three in One, Be by men and angels endless honor done. Weak are earthly praises, dull the songs of night: Forward into triumph, forward into light!
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, [or Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer…] Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy powerful hand. Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven, Feed me till I want no more; Feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain, Whence the healing stream doth flow; Let the fire and cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer, Be Thou still my Strength and Shield; Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
Lord, I trust Thy mighty power, Wondrous are Thy works of old; Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom, Who for naught themselves had sold: Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer, Sin, and Satan and the grave, Sin, and Satan and the grave.
When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction, Land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee; I will ever give to Thee.
Musing on my habitation, Musing on my heav’nly home, Fills my soul with holy longings: Come, my Jesus, quickly come; Vanity is all I see; Lord, I long to be with Thee! Lord, I long to be with Thee!
Praise ye the Lord, joyfully sound hosanna, Praise the Lord with glad acclaim. Lift up your hearts unto His throne with gladness, Magnify His holy Name. Marching along under His banner bright, Trusting in His mercy as we go, His light divine tenderly o’er us will shine, We shall be guided by His hand now and forever.
Steadily marching on, with our banners waving o’er us; Steadily marching on, while we sing the joyful chorus; Steadily marching on, pillar and cloud going before us, To the realms of glory, to our home on high.
Praise we the Lord, He is the King eternal, Glory be to God on high. Praise we the Lord, tell of His loving kindness, Join the chorus of the sky. Still marching on, cheerily marching on, In the ranks of Jesus we will go, Home to our rest, joyfully home where the blest Gather and praise the Savior’s Name, Praise Him forever.