Quit you like men

Quit you like men. Various authors. In the days before the concern about gender-exclusive language, the instruction from 1 Corinthians 16: 13 (‘quit you like men, be strong’), itself an echo of 1 Samuel 4: 9, was very attractive to hymn writers. In hymnary.org. there are four examples of hymns in which the first line begins with ‘Quit you like men’, two in which the phrase begins the refrain, and six in which it is used as a title. One, by F.G. Burroughs (1856-1949), begins: Quit you like men, be strong, Lean on thy Lord’s right hand! Why should you faint or be dismayed, When he is in command? This appeared in a few books in the USA in the late 19th century. It continues with ‘ye soldiers...

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