Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory
Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory. William Crosswell Doane* (1832-1913). Written in 1886 by Doane, the local bishop, for the bicentenary of the charter for the city of Albany, New York, the first chartered city in America. Its original first stanza refers to the occasion:
Ancient of Days, who sittest, throned in glory,
To whom a thousand years are but a day;
First, on this day that crowns our City’s story,
With its two hundred years, to Thee we pray.
This verse was amended for inclusion in the Episcopal Church Hymnal (1892), probably by Doane or with his permission, since he chaired the committee:
Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory,
To Thee all...
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