Scripture Verse

Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

Introduction

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Marion F. Ham
(1867–1956)

Words: Ma­ri­on F. Ham, 1912.

Music: Oma­ha Ho­ra­tio W. Par­ker, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Horatio W. Parker
(1863–1919)

Lyrics

O Lord of life, Thy kingdom is at hand,
Blest reign of love and liberty and light;
Time long foretold by seers of every land;
The cherished dream of watchers through the night.

Lo! in our hearts shines forth the morning star,
Shedding its luster on our darkened way;
And we behold, as pilgrims from afar,
The holy dawning of Thy perfect day.

Now gleams at last upon our waiting eyes
The glory of the kingdom that shall be;
When truth in conqu’ring grandeur shall arise,
And man shall rule the world with equity.

Forward again we move at Thy coming!
The flaming pillar leading on anew;
One in the faith of all Thy prophet band,
Onward we press to make the vision true.