Captain of thine enlisted host (Benjamin Milgrove)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-11-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Captain of thine enlisted host
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove
Lyricist: Christopher Batty

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1771 in Twelve hymns, book 2, no.  

Description: The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

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Original text and translations

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Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high;
The summons send from coast to coast
And call a num'rous army nigh.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

A solemn jubilee proclaim,
Proclaim the great sabbatic day;
Assert the glories of thy name,
Spoil Satan of his wished for prey.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

Bid, bid thy heralds publish loud
The peaceful blessings of thy reign;
And when they speak of sprinkling blood,
The myst'ry to the heart explain.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

Lord shed thy light, make plain the way
That leads to Sion's lofty tow'r;
Pierced by thy beams, let night be day;
So shall we see and praise thy pow'r.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.