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005: Eternal God, our song we raise

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Tunes:Carey's, 489; Eternal God, 492
Meter:8.8.8.8.8.8. Iambic

1.
Eternal God, our song we raise
In thankful, overflowing praise,
For men of faith whose power was thine,
Whose love no barrier could confine;
They humbly offered Christ their bread,
And lo, the multitudes were fed!

2.
We thank thee for the fruitful years,
The sacred gains of toil and tears,
For mighty works through weakness wrought,
For souls who led in deed and thought;
They followed Jesus in the light
And their loud anthems thrilled the night.

3.
O may no longing of our own
Obscure the path by Jesus shown!
We would not thirst for earth's reward
And lose the blessing of our Lord:
His cup of pain and grief and strife
That yieldeth up the gift of life.

4.
Our Father, we beseech thee now:
Receive again our first pure vow
To stand though fire and tempest rage,
Nor fear the terrors of our age,
To love thee with a constant mind
And lose ourselves to save mankind.

5.
Our great Redeemer liveth still,
His love sustains us in thy will
Because he conquered, we shall win,
His cross before, his joy within;
Our cheerful banners are unfurled,
For Christ has overcome the world.


Catherine Baird (1895-1984)


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