Category Archives: Sunday School

No. 161 International Sunday School Hymn

Air: “John Brown’s Body”

At the time, “Sunday-School” was in the hyphenated stage of trying to become one word. This, obviously, failed. “To-day”, however, did eventually become one word.

Verse 1:
Hail our glorious Leader, might Captain of our band!
Listen, comrades, listen to the word of His command;
Lift His banner higher, let it float o’er all the land;
Still follow where He leads.

Refrain:
Follow, follow Christ our Leader,
Loyal hearts, be true to Him forever,
Naught on earth from Him shall sever;
He leads to victory.

Verse 2:
Lo! a might army is the Sunday-School to-day;
See its royal colors as it marches on its way;
Jesus goes before us while we watch and fight and pray
And follow where He leads.

Verse 3:
Enemies are ’round us, there are fears and foes within;
Jesus will defend us as we face the hosts of sin;
Trusting in our Captain, we the victory shall win;
We follow where He leads.

Verse 4:
Hear the tread of thousands that are falling into line!
Welcome, comrades, welcome, for our Leader is divine;
Forward, at His signal, till the lights of heaven shine,
Still follow where He leads.

Julia H. Johnston

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No. 90: Opening Hymn

“Today” again, in transition to one word from two. A new linguistic note from this hymn; “ever-blessed” is still two words as seen in Verse 2. Currently, the spelling in quotes is considered correct. I wonder how long it will stay this way before becoming a single word as so many other two-word combinations did in the last century.

Verse 1:
We have come to seek a blessing
In our Father’s house to-day;
All His wondrous love confessing,
At the throne of grace we pray;
For His guidance we implore Him,
For the wisdom from above,
And with grateful hearts adore Him,
For His goodness and His love.

Verse 2:
Joyfully our songs ascending
To the ever blessed One,
With the angel notes are blending,
As they chant around the throne.
Gladly to the open portal,
All our off’rings now we bring;
Heirs are we to life immortal,
Subjects of a heav’nly King.

Verse 3:
At the bell’s sweet chime we gather,
In the house of praise and pray’r,
Children of one loving Father,
Guarded by His tender care;
May we sing the precious story
Of a Savior’s wondrous love,
With the ransom’d saints in glory,
In our Father’s house above.

J.F. Hall

No. 86: I’ll Stand by My School

Verse 1:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
Its lessons I will learn with care,
And in its duties ever share.

Refrain:
This pledge I will take, my life by its rule,
God being my helper, I’ll stand by my school,
I’ll stand by my school, I’ll stand by my school,
God being my helper, I’ll stand by my school.

Verse 2:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
From day to day, from week to week,
The truths it teaches, I will seek.

Verse 3:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
And officers and teachers kind
In me a helper true shall find.

Verse 4:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
Nor will I tempted be to roam
From this my pleasant Sabbath home.

Belle Kellogg Towne/T. Martin Towne