E. W. Shurtleff

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 heavenly kingdom comes.


Lead on, O King Eternal,

To lands of deepest night.

We follow where Thou leadest

As heralds of the Light.

May we to souls immortal

Thy Word of Life convey,

And open Heaven’s portal

Through Christ, the Truth, the Way.


Lead on, O King Eternal,

We follow, not with fears;

For gladness breaks like morning

Where’er Thy face appears;

Thy cross is lifted o’er us;

We journey in its light:

The crown awaits the conquest;

Lead on, O God of might.


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