Stand up, stand up for Jesus

A hymn to sing along with…

The words were written by an American Presbyterian pastor, George Duffield V* (1818-1888). He wrote: “I caught its inspiration from the dying words of that noble young clergyman, Rev. Dudley Atkins Tyng, rector of the Epiphany Church, Philadelphia, who died about 1854. His last words were, ‘Tell them to stand up for Jesus: now let us sing a hymn.’ “

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Ephesians 6.11-15

*He was the fifth George Duffield in the family

The familiar tune Morning Light was written by George James Webb (1803-1887), an English-born American composer. The setting is by Donald Davison (1937-2013).

The tune was originally originally set to another hymn, from which it gets its name:
The morning light is breaking!
The darkness disappears;
The sons of earth are waking
To penitential tears;
Each breeze that sweeps the ocean
Brings tidings from afar,
Of nations in commotion,
Prepared for Zion’s war.

Morning light

(These are the original words.)

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high His royal banner,
it must not suffer loss:
from victory unto victory
His army He shall lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict
in this His glorious day:
ye that are men now serve Him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in His strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own:
put on the gospel armour,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls, or danger,
be never wanting there.

[fanfare]

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor’s song:
to him that overcometh
a crown of life shall be;
he with the King of glory
shall reign eternally.

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