269. Lead On, O King Eternal!

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1 Lead on, O King eternal!
The day of march has come;
henceforth in fields of conquest
your tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
your grace has made us strong,
and now, O King eternal,
we lift our battle song.

2 Lead on, O King eternal,
till sin's fierce war shall cease,
and holiness shall whisper
the sweet amen of peace;
for not with swords' loud clashing,
nor roll of stirring drums;
with deeds of love and mercy
the heavenly kingdom comes.

3 Lead on, O King eternal:
we follow, not with fears,
for gladness breaks like morning
where'er your face appears;
your cross is lifted o'er us;
we journey in its light.
The crown awaits the conquest;
lead on, O God of might!

Text Information
First Line: Lead on, O King eternal!
Title: Lead On, O King Eternal!
Author: Ernest W. Shurtleff (1888, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Christian Life; Grace; Guidance (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart (1835 c.)
Key: C Major
Notes: (this tune in a higher key, 233)

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Not everything that looks like a battle ends up being one. This text, written for a seminary graduation, works well with its martial tune in the first stanza; but later stanzas turn from such imagery and focus on “deeds of love and mercy” and courage for life’s journey.

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