Head of the hosts in glory!

Head of the hosts in glory!

Author: Matthew Bridges
Published in 18 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Head of the hosts in glory!
We joyfully adore thee,
Thy Church below,
Blending with those on high--
Where through the azure sky
Thy saints in ecstasy
For ever glow!

2 Angels! archangels! glorious
Guards of the church victorious!
Worship the Lamb!
One of the Three by right--
Love, majesty, and might--
The great I AM!

3 Martyrs! whose mystic legions
March o'er yon heavenly regions
In triumph round:
Wave high your banners, wave!
Your God, our Saviour, clave
For death itself a grave,
In hell profound!

4 Saints! in fair circles, casting
Rich trophies everlasting
At Jesus' feet
Amidst our rude alarms,
We stretch forth suppliant arms,
That we, too, safe from harms,
In Heaven may meet!

5 Saviour! in glory beaming,
With radiance brightly streaming,
Enthroned in power,
Grant, by Thy awful name,
That we through flood and flame
The Gospel may proclaim,
Till life's last hour.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Matthew Bridges

Matthew Bridges was born at Malden, Essex, on July 14, 1800. He began his literary career with the publication of a poem, "Jerusalem Regained," in 1825; followed by a book entitled The Roman Empire under Constantine the Great, in 1828, its purpose being to examine "the real origin of certain papal superstitions." As a result of the influence of John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement, Bridges became a Roman Catholic in 1848, and spent the latter part of his life in Canada. He died in Quebec on October 6, 1894. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Head of the hosts in glory!
Author: Matthew Bridges
Meter: Irregular
Language: English



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