10440. One Sits Upon The Throne

1 When war’s shrill blast abroad is heard,
With thrones like saplings shaking;
When peace, like an affrighted bird,
Her flight from earth is taking—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne who sees.

2 When there is wild confusion round,
Strange discord and perpetual din;
When vexèd with the sight and sound
Of suffering goodness, lordly sin—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne who hears.

3 When some distressing, piercing strain,
Or maniac shout shall reach thine ear,
And thou discernest there is pain
In countless hearts thou canst not cheer—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne who knows.

4 When weary of the ceaseless fight
With Satan and his angry host,
Or when the world, in fancied might,
A moment o’er the Church may boast—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne in light.

5 A skillful hand, divinely strong,
Guides courses strange of changeful years,
And it shall make to cease, ere long,
All cause of misery and tears.
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
God sits upon the throne in love.

Text Information
First Line: When war’s shrill blast abroad is heard
Title: One Sits Upon The Throne
Author: Eliza A. Walker
Adapter: Richard W. Adams
Source: Hymns and Thoughts in Verse (London: William Hunt, 1864)
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tunes: MELITA by John B. Dykes or VATER UNSER from "Geistliche Lieder," 1539
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [When war's shrill blast abroad is heard]
Composer: Johann Schein (1628)
Harmonizer: Johann S. Bach
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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