Author of the Lyrics
The author of the encouraging
words of the "Ancient of Days" lyrics, William Howard Doane (February 3, 1832-December 23, 1915),
was born in Preston, Connecticut, United States and
achieved fame as a composer, musician, Sunday School superintendent and choir director.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Ancient of Days", John Albert Jeffery (October 26, 1855-June 4, 1929),
was born in Plymouth, Devonshire, England and
became famous as a music teacher, Church Church organist, musician and composer. Jeffery taught music at the New England Conservatory.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Ancient of Days
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William Howard Doane (February 3, 1832
to December 23, 1915)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: John Albert Jeffery (October 26, 1855 to
June 4, 1929)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory, To Thee all knees are bent, all voices pray"
First Publication Date:
Ancient of Days Lyrics
Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory,
To Thee all knees are bent, all voices pray;
Thy love has blessed the wide world's wondrous story
With light and life since Eden's dawning day.
O Holy Father, who hadst led Thy children
In all the ages, with the fire and cloud,
Through seas dry shod, through weary wastes bewildering;
To Thee, in reverent love, our hearts are bowed.
O Holy Jesus, Prince of Peace and Savior,
To Thee we owe the peace that still prevails,
Stilling the rude wills of men's wild behavior,
And calming passion's fierce and stormy gales.
O Holy Ghost, the Lord and the Lifegiver,
Thine is the quickening power that gives increase;
From Thee have flowed, as from a pleasant river,
Our plenty, wealth, prosperity and peace.
O Triune God, with heart and voice adoring,
Praise we the goodness that doth crown our days;
Pray we that Thou wilt hear us, still imploring
Thy love and favor kept to us always.