To Conquer And To Save, The Son Of God

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It was originally written for use on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Note: The subject matter of this hymn is also most appropriate for the holy season of Advent.

To conquer and to save, the Son of God
Came to His own in great humility,
Who wont to ride on cherub wings abroad,
And round Him wrap the mantle of the sky.
The mountains bent their necks to form His road;
The clouds dropt down their fatness from on high;
Beneath His feet the wild waves softly flow’d,
And the winds kiss’d His garment tremblingly!

The grave unbolted half his grisly door,
(For darkness and the deep had heard His fame,
Nor longer might their ancient rule endure;
The mightiest of mankind stood hush’d and tame:
And, trooping on strong wing, His angels came
To work His will, and kingdom to secure:
No strength He needed save His Father’s name;
Babes were His heralds, and His friends the poor!

Words: Reginald Heber, publ. 1827.
Tune: Newkirk” Abraham D. Merrill, 1845.
Meter: 10.10.10.10.D

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From Foes That Would The Land Devour

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It was originally written for use on the Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

From foes that would the land devour;
From guilty pride, and lust of power;
From wild sedition’s lawless hour;
From yoke of slavery:
From blinded zeal by faction led;
From giddy change by fancy bred;
From poisonous error’s serpent head,
Good Lord, preserve us free!

Defend, oh God! with guardian hand,
The laws and ruler of our land,
And grant our church Thy grace to stand
In faith and unity!
The spirit’s help of Thee we crave,
That Thou, whose blood was shed to save,
May’st at Thy second coming, have
A flock to welcome Thee!

Words: Reginald Heber, publ. 1827.
Tune: Isleworth” Samuel Howard, 1765.
Alternate Tune:Fitzwilliam” Traditional English melody.
Meter: 8.8.8.6.D (The tunes above are in 8.8.8.6 meter however)

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Oh God! My Sins Are Manifold, Against My Life They Cry

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It was originally written for use on the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Oh God! my sins are manifold, against my life they cry,
And all my guilty deeds foregone, up to Thy temple fly;
Wilt Thou release my trembling soul, that to despair is driven?
“Forgive!” a blessed voice replied, “and thou shalt be forgiven!”

My foemen, Lord! are fierce and fell, they spurn me in their pride,
They render evil for my good, my patience they deride;
Arise, oh King! and be the proud to righteous ruin driven!
“Forgive!” an awful answer came, “as thou would’st be forgiven!”

Seven times, oh Lord! I pardon’d them, seven times they sinn’d again:
They practise still to work me woe, they triumph in my pain;
But let them dread my vengeance now, to just resentment driven!
“Forgive!” the voice of thunder spake, “or never be forgiven!”

Words: Reginald Heber, publ. 1827.
Music: Stettin (Nun Seht)” Bohemian Brethern, 1566.
Meter: 14.14.14.14 (8.6.8.6.D)

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The Sound Of War! In Earth And Air

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It was originally written for use on the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

The sound of war! In earth and air
The volleying thunders roll:
Their fiery darts the Fiends prepare,
And dig the pit, and spread the snare,
Against the Christian’s soul.
The Tyrant’s sword, the rack, the flame,
The scorner’s serpent tone,
Of bitter doubt the barbed aim,
All, all conspire his heart to tame:
Force, fraud, and hellish fires assail
The rivets of his heavenly mail,
Amidst his foes alone.

Gods of the world! ye warrior host
Of darkness and of air,
In vain is all your impious boast,
In vain each missile lightening tost,
In vain the Tempter’s snare!
Though fast and far your arrows fly,
Though mortal nerve and bone
Shrink in convulsive agony,
The Christian can your rage defy:
Towers o’er his head Salvation’s crest,
Faith like a buckler, guards his breast,
Undaunted, though alone.

‘Tis past! ’tis o’er! in foul defeat
The Demon host are fled!
Before the Saviour’s mercy-seat,
(His live-long work of faith complete)
Their conqueror bends his head.
“The spoils Thyself hast gained, Lord!
I lay before Thy throne:
Thou wert my rock, my shield, my sword;
My trust was in Thy name and word:
‘Twas in Thy strength my heart was strong;
Thy spirit went with mine along ;
How was I then alone ?”

Words: Reginald Heber, publ. 1827.
Music: No tunes exist in this meter.
Meter: 8.6.8.8.6.8.6.8.8.8.8.6

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Lord, Have Mercy, And Remove Us

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It was originally written for use on the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Lord, have mercy, and remove us
Early to Thy place of rest,
Where the heavens are calm above us,
And as calm each sainted breast!

Holiest, hear us! by the anguish
On the cross Thou didst endure,
Let no more our sad hearts languish,
In this weary world obscure!

Gracious!—yet if our repentance
Be not perfect and sincere,
Lord, suspend Thy fatal sentence,
Leave us still in sadness here!

Leave us, Saviour! till our spirit
From each earthly taint is free;
Fit Thy Kingdom to inherit,
Fit to take its rest with Thee!

Words: Henry H. Milman, publ. 1827.
Music: Deganwy” B. Williams, 1839-1918.
Meter: 8.7.8.7

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Oh Blest Were The Accents Of Early Creation

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It was originally written for use on the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Oh blest were the accents of early creation,
When the Word of Jehovah* came down from above;
In the clods of the earth to infuse animation,
And wake their cold atoms to life and to love!

And mighty the tones which the firmament rended,
When on wheels of the thunder, and wings of the wind,
By light’ning, and hail, and thick darkness attended,
He utter’d on Sinai His laws to mankind.

And sweet was the voice of the First-born of Heaven,
(Though poor His apparel, though earthly His form,)
Who said to the mourner, “Thy sins are forgiven!”
“Be whole !” to the sick,—and “Be still !” to the storm.

Oh Judge of the world! when, array’d in Thy glory,
Thy summons again shall be heard from on high,
While Nature stands trembling and naked before Thee,
And waits on Thy sentence to live or to die;

When the Heav’n shall fly fast from the sound of Thy thunder,
And the Sun, in Thy light’nings, grow languid and pale,
And the Sea yield her dead, and the Tomb cleave asunder,
In the hour of Thy terrors, let mercy prevail!

Words: Reginald Heber, publ. 1827.
Music: St. Catherine’s Court” Richard Strutt, 1848-1927.
Meter: 12.11.12.11

*Jehovah may alternately be rendered “the Lord God” here.

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The Spacious Firmament On High

This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in the 1827 Hymns adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. It is listed for use on the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday in that hymnal.

The spacious firmament on high,
And all the blue etherial sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.

Th’ unwearied Sun, from day to day
Doth his Creator’s praise display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The Moon takes up the wonderous tale,
And nightly, to the listening Earth,
Repeats the story of her birth.

While all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though in solemn silence all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball,
What though nor voice, nor minstrel sound
Among their radiant orbs be found,

With saints and angels they rejoice,
And utter forth their glorious voice:
For ever singing as they shine,
“The hand that made us is Divine !”

Words: Joseph Addison, 1712.
Tune: Creation” Franz Josef Haydn, 1798.
Alternate Tune:London (Addison’s)” John Sheeles, ca. 1720.
Meter: 8.8.8.8

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