1 Lead on, O King eternal!
The day of march has come;
henceforth in fields of conquest
your tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
your grace has made us strong,
and now, O King eternal,
we lift our battle song.
2 Lead on, O King eternal,
till sin's fierce war shall cease,
and holiness shall whisper
the sweet amen of peace;
for not with swords' loud clashing,
nor roll of stirring drums;
with deeds of love and mercy
the heavenly kingdom comes.
3 Lead on, O King eternal:
we follow, not with fears,
for gladness breaks like morning
where'er your face appears;
your cross is lifted o'er us;
we journey in its light.
The crown awaits the conquest;
lead on, O God of might!
|First Line:||Lead on, O King eternal!|
|Title:||Lead On, O King Eternal!|
|Author:||Ernest W. Shurtleff (1888, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 48:17; John 18:36; 1 Corinthians 15:56-58; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 6:10-20; Philippians 1:27-30; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Timothy 4:7-8|
|Topic:||Christian Life; Grace; Guidance3 more...|
|Composer:||Henry Thomas Smart (1835 c.)|
|Notes:||(this tune in a higher key, 233)|
Not everything that looks like a battle ends up being one. This text, written for a seminary graduation, works well with its martial tune in the first stanza; but later stanzas turn from such imagery and focus on “deeds of love and mercy” and courage for life’s journey.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|