High on His everlasting throne

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1 High on His everlasting throne
The King of saints His work surveys;
Marks the dear souls He calls His own,
And smiles on the peculiar race.

2 He rests well pleased their toils to see;
Beneath His easy yoke they move;
With all their hearts and strength agree
In the sweet labor of His love.

3 See, where the servants of their God,
A busy multitude appear;
For Jesus day and night employed,
His heritage they toil to clear.

4 The love of Christ their hearts constrains
And strengthens their unwearied hands;
They spend their sweat and blood and pains
To cultivate Emmanuel's lands.

5 O multiply Thy sower’s seed,
And fruit we every hour shall bear:
Throughout the world Thy gospel spread,
Thine everlasting truth declare.


Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #225

Author: A. G. Spangenberg

Spangenberg, August Gottlieb, son of Georg Spangenberg, Lutheran pastor at Klettenberg near Nordhausen, was born at Klettenberg, July 15, 1704. He entered the University of Jena in 1722, as a student of law, but soon abandoned law for the study of theology. He lived in the house of Professor Buddeus, graduated M.A. in 1726, and for some time lectured there. In Sept. 1732 he went to Halle as adjunct of the Theological faculty and superintendent of the Orphanage schools. Here he associated himself with the Separatists, and by an edict from Berlin was deprived of his offices, and, on April 8, 1733, was expelled from Halle. He at once proceeded to Herrnhut, and was received into the Moravian Community, with which he had become acquainted as ear… Go to person page >

Translator: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

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First Line: High on His everlasting throne
Author: A. G. Spangenberg
Translator: John Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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