Scripture Verse

Thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. Daniel 7:9

Introduction

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William C. Doane
(1832–1913)

Words: Will­iam C. Doane, 1886 & 1892. This hymn was orig­in­al­ly writ­ten for the bi­cen­ten­ni­al cel­e­bra­tion of Al­ba­ny, New York. It was lat­er mo­di­fied for use in hym­nals.

Music: Al­bany J. Al­bert Jef­fe­ry, 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The Omnipotent
William Blake (1757–1827)

Lyrics

Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory,
To Thee all knees are bent, all voices pray;
Thy love has blessed
The wide world’s wondrous story
With light and life since Eden’s dawning day.

O Holy Father, who hadst led Thy children
In all the ages, with the fire and cloud,
Through seas dry shod,
Through weary wastes bewildering;
To Thee, in reverent love, our hearts are bowed.

O Holy Jesus, Prince of Peace and Savior,
To Thee we owe the peace that still prevails,
Stilling the rude
Wills of men’s wild behavior,
And calming passion’s fierce and stormy gales.

O Holy Ghost, the Lord and the Lifegiver,
Thine is the quickening power that gives increase;
From Thee have flowed,
As from a pleasant river,
Our plenty, wealth, prosperity and peace.

O Triune God, with heart and voice adoring,
Praise we the goodness that doth crown our days;
Pray we that Thou
Wilt hear us, still imploring
Thy love and favor kept to us always.