O Lord of life, thy kingdom is at hand

O Lord of life, thy kingdom is at hand

Author: Marion Franklin Ham
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1 O Lord of life, Thy Kingdom is at hand,
Blest reign of love and liberty and light;
Time long foretold by seers of every land;
The cherished dream of watchers through the night.

2 Lo! in our hearts shines forth the morning star,
Shedding its luster on our darkened way;
And we behold, as pilgrims from afar,
The holy dawning of Thy perfect day.

3 Now gleams at last upon our waiting eyes
The glory of the Kingdom that shall be;
When truth in conquering grandeur shall arise,
And man shall rule the world with equity.

4 Forward again we move at Thy command,
The flaming pillar leading on anew;
One in the faith of all Thy prophet band,
Onward we press to make the vision true.


Source: The Hymnal #370

Author: Marion Franklin Ham

Born: February 18, 1867, Harveysburg, Ohio. Died: July 23, 1956, Arlington, Massachusetts. Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ham began his career as a journalist and bank clerk in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ordained a Unitarian minister in 1898, he pastored in Chattanooga (1898-1904); at the First Church in Dallas, Texas (1904-09); and in Reading (1909-34), Waverly (1934-42), and Gardner, Massachusetts (1943-45). The Meadville Theological School in Chicago, Illinois, awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1942, the year he retired. Ham’s works include: The Golden Shuttle, 1896 The Kinchin Stories, 1914 Songs of the Spirit, 1932 Songs of Faith and Hope, 1940 O Mother-Heart, 1941… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord of life, thy kingdom is at hand
Author: Marion Franklin Ham



GENEVAN 124 (also known as OLD 124TH) was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Dale Grotenhuis (<a href="/hymn/PsH/4#tuneinfo">PHH 4</a>) harmonized the tune in 1985. One of the best known from the Genevan Psalter, the tune is published in most North Amer…

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TOULAN was originally an adaptation of the Genevan Psalter melody for Psalm 124 (124). In one melodic variant or another and with squared-off rhythms, the tune was used in English and Scottish psalters for various psalm texts. It was published in the United States in its four-line abridged form (cal…

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