Members of Christ are we

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1 Members of Christ are we;
he is our living head.
That henceforth we should ever be
by his good Spirit led
in the same narrow path
our Lord and Saviour trod —
the path that leadeth by the cross
to glory and to God.

2 Children of God are we;
such grace to us is given,
to kneel and pray in Christ’s own words,
'Father, which art in heaven;'
seeking to do his will
as angels do above,
and walking in obedient ways
of holy truth and love.

3 Of heaven’s kingdom we
inheritors were made;
each at the font in Christ’s own robe
of spotless white arrayed.
Upon our forehead now
is traced the suffering sign,
that one day on each saintly brow
a glorious crown may shine.

4 Christ’s little ones are we;
and unto us are given
angelic guards, who ever see
our Father’s face in heaven.
To walk in folly now
we may not, must not, dare,
mindful whose seal is on our brow,
whose holy name we bear.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #660

Author: Isaac Williams

Isaac Williams was born in London, in 1802. His father was a barrister. The son studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he gained the prize for Latin verse. He graduated B.A. 1826, M.A. 1831, and B.D. 1839. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, and Priest in 1831. His clerical appointments were Windrush (1829), S. Mary the Virgin's, Oxford (1832), and Bisley (1842-1845). He was Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, from 1832 to 1842. During the last twenty years of his life his health was so poor as to permit but occasional ministerial services. He died in 1865. He was the author of some prose writings, amongst which are Nos. 80, 86 and 87 of the "Oxford Tracts." His commentaries are favourably known. He also published quite a large num… Go to person page >

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First Line: Members of Christ are we
Author: Isaac Williams
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





Composed for Bridges's text by George J. Elvey (PHH 48), DIADEMATA was first published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Since that publication, the tune has retained its association with this text. The name DIADEMATA is derived from the Greek word for "crowns." The tune is lively an…

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