Forward! be our watchword (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2010-10-08)  CPDL #22412:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-10-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the Church Hymnary, 1929 where the tune is called Smart.

General Information

Title: Forward! be our watchword
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Tune: Forward
Lyricist: Henry Alford

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 11. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Original text and translations

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1. 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 Jehovah led?
 Forward through the desert, through the toil and fight;
 Jordan flows before us; Zion beams with light.

2. 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 forward, where the heaven is bright,
 Till the veil be lifted, till our faith be sight.

3. 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 Jehovah’s might;
 Pilgrims to your country, forward into light!

4. To the Father's glory loudest anthems raise;
 To the Son and Spirit echo songs of praise;
 To the Lord Jehovah, blessed Three in One,
 Be by men and angels endless honour done.
 Weak are earthly praises, dull the songs of night:
 Forward into triumph, forward into light!