We sing the glorious conquest (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-02)  CPDL #63273:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-03-02)  CPDL #63272:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: We sing the glorious conquest
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Ellacombe
Lyricist: John Ellerton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1784
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 313
Description:  Melody from Württemberg Gesangbuch, 1784


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Original text and translations

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We sing the glorious conquest
before Damascus’ gate,
when Saul, the Church’s spoiler,
came breathing threats and hate;
the ravening wolf rushed forward
full early to the prey;
but lo, the Shepherd met him,
and bound him fast to-day.

O glory most excelling
that smote across his path!
O light that pierced and blinded
the zealot in his wrath!
O voice that spake within him
the calm reproving word!
O love that sought and held him
the bondman of his Lord!

O Wisdom, ordering all things
in order strong and sweet,
what nobler spoil was ever
cast at the Victor’s feet?
what wiser master-builder
e’er wrought at thine employ
than he, till now so furious
thy building to destroy?

Lord, teach thy Church the lesson,
still in her darkest hour
of weakness and of danger
to trust thy hidden power:
thy grace by ways mysterious
the wrath of man can bind,
and in thy boldest foeman
thy chosen saint can find.