Lord of Life and King of Glory

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1 Lord of life and King of glory,
Who didst deign a child to be,
Cradled on a mother’s bosom,
Throned upon a mother’s knee:
For the children Thou hast given
We must answer unto Thee!

2 Grant us then pure hearts and patient,
That in all we do or say
Little souls our deeds may copy,
And be never led astray;
Little feet our steps may follow
In a safe and narrow way.

3 When our growing sons and daughters
Look on life with eager eyes,
Grant us then a deeper insight
And new powers of sacrifice:
Hope to trust them, faith to guide them,
Love that nothing good denies.

4 May we keep our holy calling
Stainless in its fair renown,
That, when all the work is over
And we lay the burdens down,
Then the children Thou hast given
Still may be our joy and crown.


Source: Hymns for the Living Church #528

Author: Christian Burke

Burke, Christian, was born in London Sept. 18, 1859, and now (1906) resides in Highgate, London. Her earlier verse, contributed to various periodicals, was collected as The Flowering of the Almond-Tree and other Poems, 1896, revised edition 1901. Her hymn “Lord of Life and King of Glory” [Mothers' Societies] was written in Dec. 1903, and first printed in the Treasury, Feb. 1901, p. 453, headed "Prize Hymn for a Mothers’ Union Service." It is in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 530. [Rev. James Mearns. M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord of life and King of glory
Title: Lord of Life and King of Glory
Author: Christian Burke (1903)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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