448. Lead On, O King Eternal

1 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy 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 Thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted over us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

Text Information
First Line: Lead on, O King eternal
Title: Lead On, O King Eternal
Author: Ernest W. Shurtleff (1888)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Tune Information
Meter: D
Key: g minor
Source: Welsh folk melody; Evans' Hymnau a Thonau, 1863; English Hymnal, 1906, as in

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