Stand Up For Jesus ~ Hymn

‘Stand Up for Jesus’ was the dy­ing mes­sage of the Rev­er­end Dud­ley A. Tyng to the Young Men’s Christ­ian As­so­ci­a­tion…The Sab­bath be­fore his death he preached in the im­mense ed­i­fice known as Jaynes’ Hall, one of the most suc­cess­ful ser­mons of mo­dern times. Of the five thou­sand men there as­sem­bled, at least one thou­sand, it was be­lieved were ‘the slain of the Lord’…The fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day, leav­ing his stu­dy for a mo­ment, he went to the barn floor, where a mule was at work on a horse-pow­er, shell­ing corn. Pat­ting him on the neck, the sleeve of his silk stu­dy gown caught in the cogs of the wheel, and his arm was torn out the roots! His death oc­curred in a few hours…The au­thor of the hymn preached from Eph. 6:14, and the…verses were writ­ten simp­ly as the con­clud­ing ex­hor­ta­tion. The su­per­in­tend­ent of the Sab­bath school had a fly-leaf print­ed for the child­ren—a stray co­py found its way into a Bap­tist news­pa­per, from that pa­per it has gone…all over the world.

George Duffield, Jr.

 Stand Up For Jesus ~ G. Duffield, Jr. (1858 – 1888)

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 shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave 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 armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

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 those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

6 thoughts on “Stand Up For Jesus ~ Hymn

  1. Ooo I DO love this hymn! Such a wonderful inspiring sentiment. Thank you for sharing a little of the writer’s background. He was obviously a powerful man of God! And what a tragic end!


  2. Another one of my favorites. How I would ever pick the most favorite I don’t know.

    Thank you for telling the story behind the hymn, this one I didn’t know.

  3. Wow. I am always flabberghasted to hear the story behind the hymns. So many authors/composers had such tragic lives in one sense. Their faith seems super-human. Thanks for this story. And for visiting 2nd Cup of Coffee.

  4. Sarah, Lovella, and Linda C.,
    I’m enjoying getting to know the stories behind hymns, also. Blessings on all of you and I hope to have more 2nd cups of coffee, Linda C….

  5. I love all the old hymns, this one included. It’s so moving to learn the song’s origins, but this one is remarkable. Thanks for sharing. Hope your weekend is restful.

    Thanks for stopping by. Blessings on you.

  6. George Duffield, Jr. wrote this hymn as part of his eulogy for abolitionist minister Dudley Tyng in 1858. I believe the above quote was written by Samuel Duffield to trace the hymn for one of his hymn origins books. This great and beautiful hymn (whose melody is used for Michigan State’s fight song) is based on a tragic story, but was written by a writer who did not live a tragic life.

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