Captain of Israel’s host, and guide
Captain of Israel’s host, and guide. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
From Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (Bristol, 1762), in two 6-line stanzas, on Exodus 13: 21: ‘The LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light: to go by day and night.’ The text in 1762 was as follows:
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide Of all who seek that 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 desart stray,The light of man’s direction need, Or miss our...
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