Song Stories


"Hold the fort, For I am Coming.'

I am told that when General Sherman went through Atlanta towards the sea—through the Southern States—he left in the fort in the Kennesaw Mountains a little handful of men to guard some rations that he brought there. And General Hood got into the outer rear and attacked the fort, drove the men in from the outer works into the inner works, and for a long time the battle raged fearfully. Half of the men were either killed or wounded; the general who was in command was wounded seven different times; and when they were about ready to run up the white flag and surrender the fort, Sherman got within fifteen miles, and through the signal corps on the mountain he sent the message: "Hold the fort; I am coming. W.T.Sherman." That message fired up their hearts, and they held the fort till reinforcements came, and the fort did not go into the hands of their enemies. Our friend, Mr. Bliss, has written a hymn entitled "Hold the fort for I am coming," and I'm going to ask Mr. Sankey to sing that hymn. I hope there will be a thousand young converts coming into our ranks to help hold the fort. Our Saviour is in command, and He is coming. Let us take up the chorus.

Ho! my comrades, see the signal

Waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing,

Victory is nigh!

Cho.—" Hold the fort, for I am coming,"
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
"By Thy grace we will."
See the mighty hosts advancing,

Satan leading on;
Mighty men around us falling,
Courage almost gone.—Cho.
See the glorious banner waving.
Hear the bugle blow.

In our Leader's name we'll triumph

Over every foe.—Cho.
Fierce and long the battle rages,

But our Help is near;
Onward comes our Great Commander,

Cheer, my comrades, cheer !—Cho.

P. P. Bliss.

"Let the Lower Lights be Burning."

A few years ago at the mouth of Cleveland harbor there were two lights, one at each side of the bay, called the upper and lower lights; and to enter the harbor safely by night, vessels must sight both of the lights. These western lakes are more dangerous sometimes than the great ocean. One wild, stormy night, a steamer was trying to make her way into the harbor. The Captain and pilot were anxiously watching for the lights. By'and by the pilot was heard to say, "Do you see the lower lights?" "No," was the reply; "I fear we have passed them." "Ah, there are the lights," said the pilot; "and they must be from the bluff on which they stand, the upper lights. We have passed the lower lights, and have lost our chance of getting into the harbor." What was to be done? They looked back, and saw the dim outline of the lower lighthouse against the sky. The lights had gone out. "Can't you turn your head around?" "No; the night is too wild for that. She won't answer to her helm." The storm was so fearful that they could do nothing. They tried again to make for the harbor, but they went crash against the rocks, and sank to the bottom. Very few escaped; the great majority found a watery grave. Why? Simply because the lower lights had gone out. Now with us the upper lights are all right. Christ himself is the upper light, and we are the lower lights, and the cry to us is, Keep the lower lights burning; that is what we have to do. He will lead us safe to the sunlit shore of Canaan, where there is no more night.

Brightly beams our Father's mercy

From His lighthouse ever more,
But to us He gives the keeping

Of the lights along the shore.

Cho.—Let the lower lights be burning!

Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
Dark the night of sin has settled,

Loud and angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,

For the lights along the shore.— Cho.
Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;

Some poor seaman tempest-tost,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.Cho.

P. P. Bliss.

"More to Follow."

Rowland Hill tells a good story of a rich man and a poor man in his congregation. The rich man desired to do an act of benevolence^ and so he sent a sum of money to a friend to be given to this poor man as he thought best. The friend just sent him five pounds, and said in the note: "This is thine; use it wisely; there is more to follow." After a while he sent another five pounds and said, "more to follow." Again and again he sent the money to the poor man, always with the cheering words, "more to follow." So it is with the wonderful grace of God. There is always "more to follow."

Have you on the Lord believed?

Still there's more to follow;
Of His grace have you received?

Still there's more to follow;
Oh, the grace the Father shows!

Still there's more to follow,
Freely He His grace bestows, «

Still there's more to follow.
Cho.—More and more, more and more,
Always more to follow,
Oh, his boundless matchless love I
Still there's more to follow.
Have you felt the Saviour near?

Still there's more to follow;
Does His blessed presence cheer?

Still there's more to follow;
Oh, the love that Jesus shows!

Still there's more to follow,
Freely He His love bestows,

Still there's more to follow.—Cho.


Have you felt the spirit's power?

Still there's more to follow;
Falling like the gentle shower?

Still there's more to follow;
Oh, the power the spirit shows!

Still there's more to follow,
Freely He His power bestows,

Still there's more to follow.— Cho.


"Pull for the Shore, Sailor."

A vessel was wrecked off the shore. Eager eyes were watching and strong arms manned the life-boat. For] hours they tried to reach that vessel through the great breakers that raged and foamed on the sand-bank but it seemed impossible. The boat appeared to be leaving the crew to perish. But after a while the Captain and sixteen men were taken off, and the vessel went down. "When the life-boat came to you," said a friend, "did you expect it had brought some tools to repair your old ship?" "Oh, no," was the response; "she was a total wreck. Two of her masts were gone, and if we had stayed mending her, only a few minutes, we must have gone down, sir." "When once off the old wreck and safe in the life-boat, what remained foi you to do?" "Nothing, sir, but just to pull for the shore."

Light in the darkness, sailor, day is at handl
See o'er the foaming billows fair Haven's land,
Drear was the voyage, sailor, now almost o'er
Safe within the life-boat, sailor, pull for the shore.

Cho.—Pull for the shore, sailor, pull for the shore!

Heed not the rolling waves, but bend, to the oar;
Safe in the life boat, sailor, cling to self no morel
Leave the poor old stranded wreck, and pull for the shore.

Trust in the life boat, sailor, all else will fail,

Stronger the surges dash and fiercer the gale,

Heed not the stormy winds, though loudly they roar;

Watch the "bright morning star," and pull for the shore.—Cho.

Bright gleams the morning, sailor, lift up thy eye;
Clouds and darkness disappearing, glory is nigh 1
Safe in the life boat, sailor, sing evermore;
"Glory, glory, hallelujah!" pull for the shore.— Cho.

P. P. Bliss.

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