1 Head of Thy Church triumphant,
We joyfully adore Thee;
Till Thou appear, Thy members here
Shall sing like those in glory:
We lift our hearts and voices
With blest anticipation,
And cry aloud, and give to God
The praise of our salvation.
2 While in affliction's furnace,
And passing through the fire,
Thy love we praise Which knows our days,
And ever brings us nigher:
We lift our hands exulting
In Thine almighty favor;
The love Divine Which made us Thine,
Shall keep us Thine for ever.
3 Thou dost conduct Thy people
Through torrents of temptation;
Nor will we fear, While Thou art near,
The fire of tribulation:
The world, with sin and Satan,
In vain our march opposes;
Through Thee we shall Break through them all,
And sing the song of Moses.
4 By faith we see the glory
To which Thou shalt restore us,
The cross despise For that high prize
Which Thou hast set before us;
And if Thou count us worthy,
We each, as dying Stephen,
Shall see Thee stand At God's right hand
To take us up to heaven.
"On returning from church in the morning, I was so ill as to be obliged to go to bed, and with his [the Bishop's] usual affectionate consideration, he came and sat the greater part of the afternoon with me. . . . Our conversation this afternoon turned chiefly on the blessedness of Heaven, and the best means of preparing for its enjoyment. He repeated several lines of an old hymn which he said, in spite of one or two expressions which familiar and injudicious use had tended to vulgarize, he admired as one of the most beautiful in our language, for rich and elevated tone of devotional feeling.This is great praise. The hymn, however, lacks the refinement which is so marked a feature in the finest of C. Wesley's compositions. Its use is extensive. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)Head of the Church triumphant! We joyfully adore Thee,'" &c.