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Lead On, O King Eternal

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 580
Text: Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1862-1917
Music: Henry T. Smart, 1813-1879
Tune: LANCASHIRE, Meter: 76.76 D

1.	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. 

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, 
	nor 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 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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