Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888
Music by Henry T. Smart, 1836 (LANCASHIRE 126.96.36.199 D)
Arrangement by Greg Scheer, November 20, 2019
1 Lead on, O King eternal, the day of march has come;
henceforth in fields of conquest your tents will be our home.
Through days of preparation your grace has made us strong;
and now, O King eternal, we lift our battle song.
2 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 or roll of stirring drums—
with deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.
3 Lead on, O King eternal; we follow, not with fears,
for gladness breaks like morning where’er your face appears.
Your cross is lifted o’er us, we journey in its light;
the crown awaits the conquest; lead on, O God of might.