1 Captains of the saintly band,
lights who lighten ev'ry land,
princes who with Jesus dwell,
judges of his Israel.
2 On the nations sunk in night
ye have shed the Gospel light;
sin and error flee away;
truth reveals the promised day.
3 Not by warrior’s spear and sword,
not by art of human word,
preaching but the Cross of shame,
rebel hearts for Christ ye tame.
4 Earth, that long in sin and pain
groaned in Satan’s deadly chain,
now to serve its God is free
in the law of liberty.
5 Distant lands with one acclaim
tell the honour of your name,
who, wherever man has trod,
teach the mysteries of God.
6 Glory to the Three in One
while eternal ages run,
who from deepest shades of night
called us to his glorious light.
Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #91
|First Line:||Captains of the saintly band|
|Latin Title:||Caelestis aulae principes|
|Translator:||H. W. Baker|
|Author:||Jean-Baptiste de Santeul|