Scripture Verse

I urge…that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made…for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1–2

Introduction

Words: An­na R. B. Lind­say, in the The Wes­ley­an Me­tho­dist Hym­nal (Sy­ra­cuse, New York: Wes­ley­an Me­tho­dist Pub­lish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, 1910), num­ber 715.

Music: Cen­ten­ni­al Tho­ro Har­ris, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Lind­say (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Thoro Harris
1874–1955

Lyrics

O God, Thou Potentate of all,
Upon Thy fiat we would call,
And pray that as the die is cast,
Thy grace may guide us to the last!
Grant us a race of stalwart men
To lead in public life again,
Prophetic, noble, grand in dower—
Such, Lord, exalt to thrones of power.

Put far from each the selfish aim,
The lure of spoils, the zest of fame;
With single heart and honest hand
May they bear rule throughout the land;
The shows of state, the sport of kings,
May they account but paltry things,
And dedicate their hearts and days
To Thy vast sovereignty and praise.

In all their councils and their laws,
Unmoved by scorn or vain applause,
May they seek daily to fulfill
The purpose of Thy perfect will;
And thus, as changing cycles run,
And eras pass from sun to sun,
May righteousness gird all our frame,
And generations bless Thy name!