1 Captains of the saintly band,
lights who lighten every 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: CPWI Hymnal #830
|Captains of the saintly band
|Caelestis aulae principes
|H. W. Baker
|Jean-Baptiste de Santeul