Captains of the saintly band (Henry J. Gauntlett)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-25)  CPDL #63167:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 44 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 2021-02-25)  CPDL #63166:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Captains of the saintly band
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett
Tune: University College
Lyricist: Jean-Baptiste de Santeulcreate page

Translation by Henry Williams Baker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 299
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Original text and translations

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Captains of the saintly band,
lights who lighten every land,
princes who with Jesus dwell,
judges of his Israel;

on the nations sunk in night
ye have shed the Gospel light;
sin and error flee away,
truth reveals the promised day.

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.

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.

Distant lands with one acclaim
tell the honour of your name,
who, wherever man has trod,
teach the mysteries of God.

Glory to the Three in One
while eternal ages run,
who from deepest shades of night
called us to his glorious light.