Scripture Verse

A throne was set in Heaven, and one sat on the throne. Revelation 4:2

Introduction

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Richard W. Adams
1952–

Words: Eli­za A. Wal­ker, Hymns and Thoughts in Verse (Lon­don: Will­iam Hunt, 1864), pag­es 17–18. Adapt­ed by Ri­chard W. Ad­ams, 2016 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Ei­sen­ach Jo­hann H. Schein, 1628; har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (1685–1750) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wal­ker (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Johann S. Bach
1685–1750

Lyrics

When war’s shrill blast abroad is heard,
With thrones like sap­lings shak­ing;
When peace, like an af­fright­ed bird,
Her flight from earth is tak­ing—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits up­on the throne who sees.

When there is wild con­fus­ion round,
Strange dis­cord and per­pe­tu­al din;
When vex­èd with the sight and sound
Of suf­fer­ing goodness, lord­ly sin—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits up­on the throne who hears.

When some dis­tress­ing, pierc­ing strain,
Or ma­ni­c shout shall reach thine ear,
And thou dis­cern­est there is pain
In count­less hearts thou canst not cheer—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits up­on the throne who knows.

When wea­ry of the cease­less fight
With Sa­tan and his ang­ry host,
Or when the world, in fan­cied might,
A moment o’er the Church may boast—
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
One sits up­on the throne in light.

A skill­ful hand, di­vine­ly strong,
Guides cours­es strange of change­ful years,
And it shall make to cease, ere long,
All cause of mis­e­ry and tears.
Know that a throne is set in Heav’n,
God sits up­on the throne in love.