When God called Gideon forth to fight—
“Go, save thou Israel in thy might,—

When God called Gideon forth to fight—
“Go, save thou Israel in thy might,—
The faithful warrior sought a sign
That God would on his labors shine.
     The man who, at thy dread command,
     Lifted the shield and deadly brand,
     To do thy strange and fearful work–
     Thy work of blood and vengeance, Lord!—
     Might need assurance doubly tried,
     To prove thou would’st his steps betide.
But when the message which we bring
Is one to make the dumb man sing:
To bid the blind man wash and see,
The lame to leap with ecstasy;
To raise the soul that’s bowed down,
To wipe away the tears and frown;
To sprinkle all the heart within
     From the accusing voice of sin—
     Then, such a sign my call to prove,
     To preach my Saviour’s dying love,
     I cannot, dare not hope to find.

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