457. Lead On, O King Eternal

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 heav'nly 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 over 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 (1887)
Publication Date: 1974
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D.
Scripture: John 18:36; 2 Timothy 4:8
Topic: Christ: Leader; Conflict; Warfare, Christian
Tune Information
Composer: Henry T. Smart (1835)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D.
Key: D♭ Major

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