Lead On, O King Eternal (LANCASHIRE)

Words:7.6.7.6 D • Ernest W. Shurtleff (1888), alt.
Music:LANCASHIRE • Henry T. Smart (1835) with small historical influences to the harmony

Words

1.

Lead on, O King Eternal,
  The day of march has come.
Henceforth in fields of conquest
  Your tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
  Your 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 heav’nly kingdom comes.

3.

Lead on, O King Eternal;
  We follow, not with fears,
For gladness breaks like morning
  Where’er Your face appears.
Your cross is lifted o’er us;
  We journey in its light;
The crown awaits the conquest;
  Lead on, O God of might!

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 520 Uses original “Thy” instead of “Your” Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise 411 Uses original “Thy” instead of “Your” Practically identical1
Praise for the Lord 386 Uses original “Thy” instead of “Your” Practically identical1
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 494 Uses original “Thy” instead of “Your” Identical
Songs of the Church 393 Uses original "Thy" instead of "Your" Practically identical1
Sacred Selections n/a
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 432 Uses original “Thy” instead of “Your” Practically identical1

1There is one beat in the last line where the tenor and alto notes are swapped.

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15