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To Jesus Our Captain

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1 To Jesus our captain, to Jesus our King
To Jesus in glory, our praises we bring;
Our captain has conquered, come see in His train
The foes He has captured, the sins He has slain.

2 We too are His soldiers, we arm for the fight,
And wide waves our banner, our armor is bright;
We’ve breastplate and helmet, and broadsword and shield,
Our sins are the foemen, our lives are the field.

3 Our king sits triumphant, and close at His feet
Are thousands of children from alley and street;
From palace and cottage, from mountain and plain,
From earth passed to Heaven, they stand in His train.

4 The King in His glory, they see and adore,
The King in His beauty, His greatness and power;
The King in His mercy, compassion and love,
We see, and press forward to meet Him above.

5 Then let us adore Him and bow at His feet,
And give Him the glory and praise that is meet;
Let joyful hosannas unceasing arise
To swell the full chorus that gladdens the skies.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8494

Author: Nathaniel Barnaby

Barnaby, Sir Nathaniel, C.B., Director of Naval Construction in Her Majesty's Service, born at Chatham in 1829, has been for many years interested in Christian education, and is Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School at Lee, in Kent. He is the author of several hymns composed for use in the school at Lee. Of these, one beginning “To Jesus, our Captain, to Jesus, our King," and another, "The soldier keeps his wakeful Watch," composed to the German tune, "The Rhine-Watch," are in W. R. Stevenson's School Hymnal, Lond., 1881. His hymns are spirited and popular. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M. A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: To Jesus our captain, to Jesus our King
Title: To Jesus Our Captain
Author: Nathaniel Barnaby
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



LYONS, named for the French city Lyons, appeared with a reference to “Haydn” in volume 2 of William Gardiner’s (PHH 111) Sacred Melodies. However, the tune was never found in the works of Franz Joseph Haydn or those of his younger brother Johann Michael Haydn. Recent research revealed that the…

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The Cyber Hymnal #8494
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