Your Hand O God Has Guided

By | November 9, 2013
Author: Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821-1891)
Tune: THORNBURY
Composer: Basil Harwood (1859-1949)
  1. Your hand, O God, has guided your flock from age to age;
    your faithfulness is written full clear on every page.
    Our forebears knew your goodness, and we their deeds record;
    and both to this bear witness: one Church, one Faith, one Lord!
  2.  Your heralds brought glad tidings to greatest, as to least;
    they summoned all to hasten to share the great King’s feast;
    and this was all their teaching in every deed and word,
    
to all alike proclaiming: one Church, one Faith, one Lord!
  3. Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
    the faithful few fought bravely
to guard the nation’s life.
    Their Gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, life restored,
    was all in this enfolded:
 one Church, one Faith, one Lord.
  4. And we, shall we be faithless? Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
    Shall we evade the conflict, and cast away our crown?
    Not so; in God’s deep counsels some better thing is stored:
    we will maintain, unflinching, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.
  5. Your mercy will not fail us, nor leave your work undone;
    with your right hand to help us the victory shall be won.
    And then by earth and heaven your name shall be adored;
    
and this shall be our anthem: one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

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