639. The eternal gifts of Christ the King

1 Th'eternal gifts of Christ the King,
th'apostles' glory, let us sing;
and all, with hearts of gladness, raise
due hymns of thankful love and praise.

2 Theirs is the steadfast faith of saints,
and hope that never yields nor faints,
and love of Christ in perfect glow
that lays the prince of this world low.

3 In them the Father's glory shone,
in them the will of God the Son,
in them exults the Holy Ghost,
through them rejoice the heav'nly host.

4 To thee, Redeemer, now we cry,
that thou wouldst join to them on high
thy servants, who this grace implore,
for ever and for evermore.

Text Information
First Line: Th'eternal gifts of Christ the King
Title: The eternal gifts of Christ the King
Author: St Ambrose, c. 340-397
Translator: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Topic: All Saints; Year B: Lent 5; Years A, B, and C: Tuesday of Holy Week
Tune Information
Composer: John Bishop, 1665-1737
Meter: LM
Key: F Major

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