1 Thanks to God for those who came
In the Saviour's glorious name;
Who upon the green earth trod
But to teach the truth of God.
2 For the great Apostles, first,
Who from life's endearments burst,
Going from the Cross, and then
Leading to the Cross again:
3 For the next, who meekly poured
Willing blood to serve the Lord;
Fearless bore the racks of pain,
Felon's death, or captive's chain;
4 And for all, from shore to shore,
Who the blessed tidings bore;
All who wrought for liberty
When 'twas treason to be free.
5 Ye, who now, in better days,
Live to spread your Maker's praise,
Shedding, each man's home around,
Light that consecrates the ground;
6 Teachers of the word of light,
Go forth in your Master's might!
Speed your embassy where'er
Life has grief, or death has fear!