Thou Lord of hosts, whose guiding hand

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1 Thou Lord of Hosts, whose guiding hand
Hast brought us here before thy face,
Our spirits wait for thy command,
Our silent hearts implore thy peace.

2 Those spirits lay their noblest powers
As offerings on thy holy shrine:
Thine was the strength that nourished ours;
The children of the cross are thine.

3 While watching on our arms at night
We saw thine angels round us move:
We heard thy call, we felt thy light,
And followed, trusting to thy love.

4 Send us where’er thou wilt, O Lord!
Through rugged toil and wearying fight;
Thy conquering love shall be our sword,
And faith in thee our truest might.

5 Send down thy constant aid, we pray;
Be thy pure angels with us still;
Thy truth, be that our firmest stay;
Our only rest, to do thy will.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #305

Author: Octavius B. Frothingham

Frothingham, Octavius Brooks, M.A., son of Dr. N. L. Frothingham, was born at Boston, Nov. 26, 1822, and educated at Harvard, graduating in Arts, 1843, and in Theology, 1846. In 1847 he became Pastor at Salem, from whence he passed to Jersey City, 1855; and again to the 3rd Unitarian Society, New York, 1860. His works are numerous and well known. Mr. Frothingham is known as a leader of the Free Religious movement. His hymn, "Thou Lord of Hosts, Whose guiding hand" (Soldiers of the Cross), was written for the Graduating Exercise of the class of 1846 (see also "God of the earnest heart"), and published in the same year in Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, No. 425. It has been adopted by Dr. Martineau in his Hymns of Praise & Prayer,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thou Lord of hosts, whose guiding hand
Author: Octavius B. Frothingham



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