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Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from his second (of three) collections of "hymns as they are sung at the Right Honourable the Countess of Huntingdon's chappel in Bath". The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

Lyrics: Christopher Batty

Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high;
The summons send from coast to coast
And call a num'rous army nigh.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

A solemn jubilee proclaim,
Proclaim the great sabbatic day;
Assert the glories of thy name,
Spoil Satan of his wished for prey.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

Bid, bid thy heralds publish loud
The peaceful blessings of thy reign;
And when they speak of sprinkling blood,
The myst'ry to the heart explain.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

Lord shed thy light, make plain the way
That leads to Sion's lofty tow'r;
Pierced by thy beams, let night be day;
So shall we see and praise thy pow'r.
Captain of thine enlisted host,
Display the glorious banner high.

Benjamin Milgrove
(1731 - 1810)

Milgrove : Captain of thine enlisted host : illustration


Captain of thine enlisted host

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