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“Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”
by George Duffield, 1818-1888
 
A great city-wide revival swept across Philadelphia in 1858.  It was so powerful that it was actually given a name: “the work of God in Philadelphia.” 
 
Dudley A. Tyng was one of the prominent leaders in this great spiritual awakening.  He was known as a bold, uncompromising preacher of the Gospel.  On March 30, 1858, Tyng was speaking at noonday services in the downtown YMCA.  Over five thousand men heard him preach from Exodus 10:11, “Go now ye that are men and serve the Lord.” At some point in his sermon Tyng stated, “I would rather that this right arm were amputated than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message.”  One report says conviction was so great that at the close of the service, 2,000 men fell to their knees.  Two other writers say that at least a thousand made confession of Christ as Saviour.
A few days after that service, Mr. Tyng was at work in his study.  For a few moments of relaxation he decided to walk down to his barn to watch a new corn-shelling machine in operation.  While he patted a mule being used to operate the machine, the animal became frightened, leaped forward, and knocked Tyng into his own machine.  His sleeve got caught in the cogs.  Before they could stop the machine, Tyng’s arm was pulled in.  It was so badly lacerated, it had to be amputated.  Mr. Tyng lived only briefly following the accident.
 
Just before he died, Tyng’s father, leaning over his preacher-boy son, asked him if he had a message for the young men with whom he had been working.  He replied, “Tell them to stand up for Jesus.”
George Duffield, Jr., a young pastor and close friend to Mr. Tyng, was so moved by that message, he preached a sermon the following Sunday exhorting his congregation to stand firm for Jesus Christ.  His text was Eph 6:14, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.”  At the close of the sermon he read a poem he had written:
 
            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.
 
There were six stanzas in all.  Benedict D. Steward, the superintendent of the Sunday church school, had some leaflets containing the poem printed for the children.  A copy found its way to a Baptist paper and it was set to music that had actually been written years earlier by George J. Webb.