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Ancient of Days Lyrics and Music

The glorifying words and lyrics of the beloved hymn begin with "Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory, To Thee all knees are bent, all voices pray" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Ancient of Days" hymn were written by its American author William Howard Doane. The author of the hymn, William Howard Doane, was born on February 3, 1832 and died on December 23, 1915. The wonderful music that accompanies the "Ancient of Days" song of praise was composed by John Albert Jeffery.  The composer of the music to the "Ancient of Days" hymn, John Albert Jeffery, was born on October 26, 1855 and died on June 4, 1929. We have placed "Ancient of Days" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the rousing lyrics of this popular Christian song and grand church hymn.

Ancient of Days Hymn
Title: Ancient of Days *** Name of Composer: John Albert Jeffery *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: William Howard Doane *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs



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 Hymn
Title of Hymn: Ancient of Days
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William Howard Doane (February 3, 1832 to December 23, 1915)
Nationality of Author: American

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: 1886


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.

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