He was a fiery young Episcopalian preacher named Dudly Tyng. He was bold, fearless and uncompromising. His father, Rev. Stephen H. Tyng, was a "pastor" at the large Episcopalian Church of the Epiphany in Philadelphia. Dudly served as an assistant to his father and finally succeeded him in the pulpit. More and more people grew upset with him because of his bold and straight-forward speaking. He eventually resigned and with a group of faithful followers organized the Church of the Covenant. Tyng began holding noon-day services at the YMCA. On Tuesday, March 30, 1858, over 5000 men gathered to hear him preach. As a result, 1000 of these men responded by committing their lives to what was preached. The sermon was referred to as one of the most successful of the times.
During the sermon, the young preacher remarked, "I must tell my Master's errand, and I would rather that this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God's message." The next week, while visiting in the country and watching the operation of a corn thrasher in a barn, he accidentally caught his loose sleeve between the cogs. His arm was severely lacerated and his main artery was severed. Four day later infection developed and as a result of shock and a great loss of blood, Dudly Tyng died on April 19, 1858.
George Duffied, a "pastor" of the Temple Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, preached his morning sermon as a tribute to his departed friend. As he closed his sermon, he read a poem of six stanzas that he had written stating it was a result of the dying words of his esteemed friend. The poem went like this: "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." Did you know?