Christ My Song - 1921
O Israel to thy tents repair
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
O Israel to thy tents repair.
"Hold that fast which thou hast,
that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3,11)
2. The trumpet gives a martial strain;
O Isra'l! gird thee for the fight;
arise, the combat to maintain,
and put thine enemies to flight.
3. Thou shouldst not sleep as others do;
awake! be vigilant! be brave!
The coward, and the sluggard too,
must wear the fetters of the slave.
4. A nobler lot is cast for thee,
a kingdom thine beyond the skies:
with such a hope shall Isra'l flee,
or yield, through weariness, the prize?
5. No! let a careless world repose,
and slumber on through life's short day,
while Isra'l to the conflict goes,
and bears the glorious prize away.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 252.