1 Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round
of circling planets singing on their way,
guide of the nations from the night profound
into the glory of the perfect day,
rule in our hearts, that we may ever be
guided and strengthened and upheld by thee.
2 We are of thee, the children of thy love,
sisters and brothers of thine own dear Son;
descend, O Holy Spirit, like a dove
into your hearts, that we may be as one:
as one with thee, to whom we ever tend;
as one with him, our brother and our friend.
3 We would be one in hatred of all wrong,
one in the love of all things sweet and fair,
one with the joy that breaketh into song,
one with the grief that trembleth into prayer;
one in the power that makes thy children free
to follow truth, and thus to follow thee.
|First Line:||Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round|
|Title:||Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round|
|Author:||J. W. Chadwick (1864)|
|Composer (melody and bass):||Orlando Gibbons (1623)|