1 Spake the glorious Lord in Heaven,
"Lord, be Thine this royal seat,
Till their armies thunder-riven
Bow the neck beneath Thy feet."
Lo, Thy standards proudly flowing,
Forth they fare the world to win,
Reign and prosper, overthrowing
All the lords of death and sin.
2 God with man, an infant tender
Of a stainless maiden born,
Elder than the day-star’s splendor,
Purer than the pearls of morn,
By the eternal oath appointed
Of the mystic order blest,
Thou art vested, throned, anointed,
Evermore a kingly priest.
3 When the doom of sin is sealèd
And the trump of judgment rings,
Darkly at Thy side revealèd
God shall bruise the godless kings.
Thou shalt judge amongst the heathen,
Thou shalt fill the world with dead;
Never shall Thy sword be sheathen,
Till it smite the apostate’s head.
4 But Thy spell of endless glory
Is to suffer and to die;
Kedron with its bitter story,
And the vale of agony.
Honor, blessing, virtue, merit
To the Father and the Son,
And the good and gracious Spirit,
While eternal ages run.
Benson, Edward White, D.D., Archbishop of Canterbury, son of Edward White Benson, of York, was born at Birmingham, 14th July, 1829, and educated at King Edward's School in that town, and Trinity Coll., Cambridge. At Birmingham his contemporaries under the head mastership of Dr. Prince Lee, subsequently first Bishop of Manchester, included Dr. Westcott, and Dr. Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham. At Cambridge he took the high position of Sen. Opt. and 1st cl. Classical Tripos, winning also the distinction of Senior Chancellor's Classical Medalist. He subsequently became a Fellow of his College. In 1852 he passed from Cambridge to Rugby as assistant master; in 1859 from Rugby to Wellington College, of which he was Head Master for fourteen years; in… Go to person page >