Hope of Israel



  1. 1. Hope of Israel, Zion’s army,

    Children of the promised day,

    See, the Chieftain signals onward,

    And the battle’s in array!

  2. [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. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849–1942

Music: William Clayson, 1840–1887