Scripture Verse

He is the living God, the eternal King. Jeremiah 10:10

Introduction

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Henry T. Smart
(1813–1879)

Words: Er­nest W. Shurt­leff, 1888. He wrote this hymn for his class gra­du­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny of An­do­ver The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry.

Music: Lan­ca­shire Hen­ry T. Smart, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ernest W. Shurtleff
(1862–1917)

Lyrics

Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong;
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

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.

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