Before Thy throne, eternal King

Before Thy throne, eternal King

Author: Benjamin Francis
Published in 43 hymnals

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1 Before thy throne eternal king,
Thy ministers their tribute bring;
Their tribute of united praise,
For heavenly news and peaceful days.

2 We sing the conquest of thy sword,
And publish loud thy healing word;
While angels sound thy glorious name,
Thy saving grace our lips proclaim.

3 Thy various service we esteem,
Our sweet employ, our bliss supreme,
And while we feel thy heavenly love,
We burn like seraphims above.

4 Nor seraphs there can ever raise,
With us an equal song of praise;
They are the noblest work of God,
But we the purchase of his blood.

5 Still in thy work would we abound,
Still prune the vine or plow the ground;
Thy sheep with wholesome pasture feed,
And watch them with unweary'd heed.

6 Thou art our Lord, our life our love,
Our care below, our crown above;
thy praise shall be our blest employ,
Thy presence our eternal joy.

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

Author: Benjamin Francis

Francis, Benjamin , M.A., was born in Wales in 1734. He was baptized at the age of 15, and began to preach at 19. He studied at the Bristol Baptist College, and commenced his ministry at Sodbury. In 1757 he removed to Horsley (afterwards called Shortwood), in Gloucestershire. There he remained, through a happy and very successful ministry of 42 years, until his death in 1799. He was the author of many poetical compositions :— (1) Conflagration, a Poem in Four Parts, (1770); (2) Elegies on the Deaths of the Revs. George Whitefield , Caleb Evans, Robert Day, and Joshua Thomas; (3) The Association, a Poem (1790); (4) a Poetical Address to the Stockbridge Indians (5) two satirical pieces on the Baptismal controversy; The Salopian Zealo… Go to person page >

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First Line: Before Thy throne, eternal King
Author: Benjamin Francis
Language: English