Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round

Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round

Author: John W. Chadwick (1864)
Tune: SONG 1
Published in 112 hymnals

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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,
the brothers of thy well-belovèd Son;
descend, O Holy Spirit, like a dove,
into our 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 our love of all things sweet and fair,
one with the joy that breaketh into song,
one with the grief that trembles into prayer,
one in the power that makes thy children free
to follow truth, and thus to follow thee.

4 O clothe us with thy heavenly armour, Lord,
thy trusty shield, thy sword of love divine;
our inspiration be thy constant word;
we ask no victories that are not thine:
give or withhold, let pain or pleasure be;
enough to know that we are serving thee.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #244

Author: John W. Chadwick

Chadwick, John White, was born at Marblehead, Mass., U.S., Oct. 19, 1840; graduated at the Cambridge Divinity School, July 19, 1864, and ordained minister of the Second Unitarian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 21, 1864. A frequent contributor to the Christian Examiner; The Radical; Old and New; Harper's Magazine; and has published many poems in American periodicals. His hymn on Unity, "Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round," was written for the graduating class of the Divinity School, Cambridge, June 19, 1864. It is in Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884. It is a hymn of superior merit. [Rev. W. Garrett Horder] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >




John Wainwright (b. Stockport, England, 1723; d. Stockport, 1768) wrote YORKSHIRE for [the] text [Christian's awake, salute the happy morn, by John Byrom] in 1750. The tune was first sung on Christmas Day, 1750, in the parish church of Stockport; it was first published in Caleb Ashworth's Collection…

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Instances (1 - 16 of 16)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #244Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #162
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #269TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #497
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #181aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #181bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #154TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #617Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #353
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #458
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #115
Rejoice in the Lord #402TextPage Scan
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #4
The Cyber Hymnal #1366TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #355TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #571TextPage Scan
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