God is working his purpose out


God is working his purpose out
as year succeeds to year:
God is working his purpose out,
and the time is drawing near;
nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

From utmost east to utmost west,
wherever foot hath trod,
by the mouth of many messengers
goes forth the voice of God;
give ear to me, ye continents,
ye isles, give ear to me,
that earth may filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

What can we do to work God's work,
to prosper and increase
the brotherhood of all mankind--
the reign of the Prince of Peace?
What can we do to hasten the time--
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

March we forth in the strength of God,
with the banner of Christ unfurled,
that the light of the glorious gospel of truth
may shine throughout the world:
fight we the fight with sorrow and sin
to set their captives free,
that earth may filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

All we can do is nothing worth
unless God blessed the deed;
vainly we hope for the harvest-tide
till God gives life to the seed;
yet nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.


Words: Arthur Campbell Aigner (1841-1919), 1894

MIDI: Benson (Millicent D. Kingham, 1866-1927)

Meter: Irr.

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 735 Benson, Stoke-on-Tern  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 324 Benson  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 529 Benson  
The English Hymnal, 1906 548 Benson, Purpose  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 302 Benson  
The Hymnal 1916 483 Ainger, Benson  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 631 Benson  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 273 Benson  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
275 Ainger  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 170 Wassand  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 300 Purpose  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 271 Benson  
The Hymnal 1940 538 Purpose  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 271 Benson  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 274 Benson  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 315 Benson, Purpose  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982 534 Purpose  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985 495 Benson  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 191 Benson  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 172 Benson  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999 451 Benson  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 189 Benson  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 444 Benson  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 221 Benson  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 481 Benson  

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