215. Captains of the saintly band

1 Captains of the saintly band,
Lights who lighten every land,
Princes who with Jesus dwell,
Judges of his Israel:

2 On the nations sunk in night
Ye have shed the Gospel light;
Sin and error flee away;
Truth reveals the promised day.

3 Not by warrior’s spear and sword,
Not by art of human word,
Preaching but the Cross of shame,
Rebel hearts for Christ ye tame.

4 Earth, that long in sin and pain
Groaned in Satan’s deadly chain,
Now to serve its God is free
In the law of liberty.

5 Distant lands with one acclaim
Tell the honor of your name,
Who, wherever man has trod,
Teach the mysteries of God.

6 Glory to the Three in One
While eternal ages run,
Who from deepest shades of night
Called us to his glorious light.

Text Information
First Line: Captains of the saintly band
Original Language: Latin
Author: J. B. de Santeuil, 1630-97
Translator: H. W. Baker, 1821-77
Meter: 77 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Festivals and Other Holidays: General; Apostles and Evangelists
Source: Latin
Notes: Alternative tune UNIVERSITY COLLEGE 434
Tune Information
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove, 1731-1810
Meter: 77 77
Key: G Major

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