1 Almighty Lord, Whose sovereign right
Extends o’er every nation,
We bless Thee for the gospel light
That brought to us salvation.
And unto Thee we raise our payer
For all in darkness dwelling,
That they with us Thy light may share,
With us Thy praise be telling.
2 As with Thine eyes, Lord, may we see
The world in darkness lying;
And may Thy love the motive be
To save the lost, the dying.
So may our love and faith increase,
Our fervor and devotion;
To speed the messengers of peace
O’er every land and ocean.
3 There evermore be with them, Lord,
And evermore befriend them;
Be Thou their Shield and Great Reward
To succour and defend them.
Prosper their faithful ministry,
Till, in the day appointed,
The kingdoms of the world shall be
The realm of Thine Anointed.
Hassé, Evelyn Renatus. (1855-1918). English Moravian clergyman, consecrated bishop in 1904; Provincial Elder, 1906; one of the revisers of the Moravian Hymnbook 1911, to which he contributed a number of translations. Instrumental in founding a college in Bristol, England, whose purpose was training men for overseas mission work.
--Janice Harke Stapleton, DNAH Archives Go to person page >
Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) composed CONSTANCE for James G. Small's hymn text "I've Found a Friend, O Such a Friend"; the sentiment of that text explains the tune title. That text and tune were published in the Swedenborgian New Church Hymn Book (1874).
CONSTANCE is a solid Victorian tune with a fi…