Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round   Leave a comment

Above:  Mars

Image Source = Jet Propulsion Laboratory

(http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA02653)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Words by the Reverend John White Chadwick (1840-1904)

(http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/exhibits/monthly/200411.html)

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1.  Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round

of circling planets singing on their way,

guide of the nations from night profound

into the glory of the perfect day:

rule in our hearts, that we may ever be

guided and strengthened and upheld by thee.

2.  We are of thee, children of thy love,

the brothers of thy well-beloved Son;

descend, O Holy Spirit, that we may be as one:

as one with thee, to whom we ever tend;

as one with him, our Brother and our Friend.

3.  We would be one in hatred of all wrong,

one in our love of all things sweet and fair,

one with the joy that breaketh into song,

one with the grief that trembles into prayer,

one with the power that makes thy children free

to follow truth, and thus to follow thee.

4.  O clothe us with thy heavenly armour, Lord,

thy trusty shield, they sword of love divine;

our inspiration by they constant word;

we ask no victories that are not thine:

give or withhold, let pain or pleasure be;

enough to know that we are serving thee.

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