The words to the song were composed in Jerusalem between the years 1882- 1883 by the writer, Yehiel Michael Pines. The words are an adaptation of a Russian military song. The original author of the text is unknown and the tune is a Russian folk-tune. Recordings of this song, as well as the sheet music can be found at the National Library.
Eliyahu HaKohen talking about the song "Hurry, Brothers, Hurry"- a segment from an interview with Meir Noy (start 3:40)