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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,
We follow, not with fears,
For gladness breaks like morning
Where’er Thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted over us,
We journey in its light;
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

Ernest W Shurtleff was born 4/4/1862, at Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts.  His work included being pastor (California, Massachusetts, and Minnesota), missionary, and student chaplain (working with American students in Paris).  He also organized the American Church at Frankfort, Germany in 1905.  Though he published several books of poems he is best remember for the above hymn “Lead On, O King Eternal.”  Shurtleff died 8/24/1917, Par­is, France.

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