Hope of Israel

Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Energetically

1. Hope of Israel, Zion’s army,

Children of the promised day,

See, the Chieftain signals onward,

And the battle’s in array!

[Chorus]

Hope of Israel, rise in might

With the sword of truth and right;

Sound the war-cry, “Watch and pray!”

Vanquish ev’ry foe today.

2. See the foe in countless numbers,

Marshaled in the ranks of sin.

Hope of Israel, on to battle;

Now the vict’ry we must win!

[Chorus]

Hope of Israel, rise in might

With the sword of truth and right;

Sound the war-cry, “Watch and pray!”

Vanquish ev’ry foe today.

3. Strike for Zion, down with error;

Flash the sword above the foe!

Ev’ry stroke disarms a foeman;

Ev’ry step we conq’ring go.

[Chorus]

Hope of Israel, rise in might

With the sword of truth and right;

Sound the war-cry, “Watch and pray!”

Vanquish ev’ry foe today.

4. Soon the battle will be over;

Ev’ry foe of truth be down.

Onward, onward, youth of Zion;

Thy reward the victor’s crown.

[Chorus]

Hope of Israel, rise in might

With the sword of truth and right;

Sound the war-cry, “Watch and pray!”

Vanquish ev’ry foe today.

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849–1942

Music: William Clayson, 1840–1887

Ephesians 6:10–18

2 Nephi 28:7–8, 20–28

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