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One Sits Upon The Throne

Representative Text

1 When war’s shrill blast abroad is heard,
With thrones like saplings shaking;
When peace, like an affrighted bird,
Her flight from earth is taking—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne who sees.

2 When there is wild confusion round,
Strange discord and perpetual din;
When vexèd with the sight and sound
Of suffering goodness, lordly sin—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne who hears.

3 When some distressing, piercing strain,
Or maniac shout shall reach thine ear,
And thou discernest there is pain
In countless hearts thou canst not cheer—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne who knows.

4 When weary of the ceaseless fight
With Satan and his angry host,
Or when the world, in fancied might,
A moment o’er the Church may boast—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits upon the throne in light.

5 A skillful hand, divinely strong,
Guides courses strange of changeful years,
And it shall make to cease, ere long,
All cause of misery and tears.
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
God sits upon the throne in love.

Author: Eliza A. Walker

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Adapter: Richard W. Adams

Born: 1952, Mis­souri. Adams grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, Co­lum­bia (BA 1974, cum laude, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When war’s shrill blast abroad is heard
Title: One Sits Upon The Throne
Author: Eliza A. Walker
Adapter: Richard W. Adams
Source: Hymns and Thoughts in Verse (London: William Hunt, 1864)
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tunes: MELITA by John B. Dykes or VATER UNSER from "Geistliche Lieder," 1539
Copyright: Public Domain



MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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