1 Thou, whose wide extended sway
Suns and systems e’er obey!
Thou, our guardian and our stay,
Grace and peace impart;
May Thy word its power display,
And Thy love-enkindling ray
Warm, enlighten, and assay
Every waiting heart.
2 Thine we are, and humbly we
Lift the voice and bend the knee!
Thou art worthy, and shalt be
In prospective, Lord, we see
Jew and Gentile, bond and free,
Reconciled in Christ to Thee,
Holy, holy Lord!
3 Thou by all shalt be confessed,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
When to Thy eternal rest,
In the courts above,
Thou shalt bring the sore oppressed;
Fill each joy-desiring breast;
Make of each a welcome guest,
At the feast of love.
4 When destroying death shall die,
Hushed be every rising sigh,
Tears be wiped from every eye,
Never more to fall;
Then shall praises fill the sky,
And angelic hosts shall cry,
"Holy, holy, Lord, most high,
Thou art all in all!"
Thomas, Rev. Abel Charles. (Exeter, Pennsylvania, July 11, 1807--September 27, 1880, Tacony, Penn.). A Universalist minister whose most important pastorate was at the Lombard Street Church, Philadelphia, 1830-1839, and again 1848-1863. A controversial writer and speaker. He edited Hymns of Zion, Philadelphia, 1839, the first Universalist hymn book to contain tunes. Five of his hymns are included in Church Harmonies: New and Old, 1895:
1. Far as Creation's bounds extend,
2. God of creation, our Father and Saviour,
3. O, where shall rest be found,
4. Praise ye the Lord,
5. Thou, whose wide extended sway.
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Display Title: Thou, Whose Wide Extended SwayFirst Line: Thou, whose wide extended swayTune Title: BANNOCKBURNAuthor: Abel C. ThomasMeter: 77.75 DSource: Universalist Hymn Book, third ed. by George Rogers (Cincinnati: R. P. Brooks, 1843)