Christ My Song - 668
Eternal Father! Thou hast said - The Jubilee
(Ray Palmer/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
This Hymn was written for the fiftieth Anniversary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and sung at the Jubilee Celebration, held in the Tremont Temple at Boston, Oct. 3-5, 1860.
2. We wait thy triumph, Saviour, King!
Long ages have prepared the way;
Now all abroad thy banner fling,
set Time's great battle in array.
3. Thy hosts are mustered to the field,
"The Cross! the Cross!" their battle-call;
the old grim towers of darkness yield,
and soon shall totter to their fall.
4. On mountain tops the watch-fires glow,
where scattered wide the watchmen stand;
voice echoes voice, and onward flow
the joyous shouts from land to land.
5. Thou hast our humble service blessed,
while fifty years have rolled their round;
weary and worn the fathers rest,
but in their stead the sons are found.
6. O fill thy Church with faith and power!
bid her long night of weeping cease;
to groaning nations haste the hour
of life and freedom, light and peace.
7. Come, Spirit, make thy wonders known!
fulfil the Father's high decree;
then earth – the might of hell o'erthrown –
shall keep her last great jubilee.
Ray Palmer, in: The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer, 1876, 49-50.