Eternal Father, Thou Hast Said   1 comment


Above:  Missionary’s House, the Congo, Africa

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ggbain-00538

Words (1865) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), U.S. Congregationalist


1.  Eternal Father, thou hast said,

That Christ all glory shall obtain,

That he who once a sufferer bled,

Shall o’er the world a conqueror reign.

We wait thy triumph, Saviour, King;

Long ages have prepared thy way;

Now all abroad thy banner fling,

Set time’s great battle in array.

2.  Thy hosts are mustered to the field–

“The Cross! the Cross!” the battle-call–

The old grim towers of darkness yield,

And soon shall totter to their fall.

On mountain tops the watch-fires glow,

Where scattered wide the watchmen stand;

Voice echoes voice, and onward flow

The joyous shouts, from land to land.

3.  O, fill thy church with faith and power,

Bid her long night of weeping cease,

To groaning nations haste the hour

Of life and freedom, light and peace!

Come, Spirit, make thy wonders known,

Fulfill the Father’s high decree;

Then earth, the might of hell o’er thrown,

Shall keep her last great jubilee.

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