Great St George / Leader Now on Earth No Longer

This hymn about St George was written by Roman Catholic priest, J.W. Reeks (1849-1900).

Tunes it is set to include:
  • SWAVESEY by John Crookall (1821-87)
  • REDHEAD NO46, by Richard Redhead, (1820-1901)

Hymn-books which it has been published in include
  • Arundel Hymns, published by Boosey & Co, London, England in  [1905 / 1898 ?]- ref
  • The Book of Hymns with Tunes, Cary & Co, London, England and  E. Schuberth, New York, USA, 1913  (ref)
  • Praise the Lord, published in 1972.


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Singer with unnamed tune, electronic keyboard:

Instrumental - piano. Tune SWAVESEY

Instrumental - organ.


Leader now on earth no longer,
soldier of the eternal king,
victor in the fight for heaven,
we thy loving praises sing.

Great Saint George, our patron, help us,
In the conflict be thou nigh;
Help us in that daily battle,
Where each one must win or die.

Praise him who in deadly battle
Never shrank from foe or sword,
Proof against all earthly weapon,
Gave his life for Christ the Lord.

Who, when earthly war was over,
Fought, but not for earth’s renown;
Fought, and won a nobler glory,
Won the martyr’s purple crown.

Help us when temptation presses,
We have still our crown to win,
Help us when our soul is weary
Fighting with the powers of sin.

Clothe us in thy shining armour,
Place thy good sword in our hand;
Teach us how to wield it, fighting
Onward towards the heavenly land.

Onward, till, our striving over,
On life’s battlefield we fall,
Resting then, but ever ready,
Waiting for the angel’s call.

ABC Notation

Ref:  What is ABC

T:Great St George
A:Words: J.W. Reeks (1849-1900)
C:Music: REDHEAD NO46, by Richard Redhead, (1820-1901)
Z:abc-transcription ,
"G" GFGB | "D" AGGF | "Em" EADG | "C" EE D2 |
w:1~~~Lead-er now on earth no long-er, sold-ier of the 'ter-nal king,
w:2~~~Praise him who in dead-ly bat-tle nev-er shrank from foe or sword,
w:3~~~Who, when earth-ly war was ov-er, fought, but not for earth's re-nown;
w:4~~~Help us when temp-ta-tion press-es, we have still our crown to win,
w:5~~~Clothe us in thy shin-ing arm-our, place thy good sword in our hand;
w:6~~~On-ward, till, our striv-ing ov-er, on life's batt-le-field we fall,
"G" DGGF | "D" AB cB | "Em"Bddc | BA "G"G2 ||
w:1~~~vic-tor in the fight for hea-ven, we thy lov-ing prai-ses sing.
w:2~~~Proof again-st all earth-ly wea-pon, gave his life for Christ the Lord.
w:3~~~Fought, and won a no-bler glo-ry, won the mar-tyr's pur-ple crown.
w:4~~~Help us when our soul is wea-ry fight-ing with the powers of sin.
w:5~~~Teach us how to wield it, fight-ing on-ward towards the heaven-ly land.
w:6~~~Rest-ing then, but ev-er rea-dy, wait-ing for the an-gel's call.
"^Chorus"y "G" GFGB | "D" AGGF | "Em" EADG | "C" EE "D"D2 |
w:Great Saint George, our pat-ron, help us, in the con-flict be thou nigh;
"G" DGGF | "C" ABcB | "C" Bddc | "G" BA G2 | ]
w:Help us in that dai-ly battl-e, where each one must win or die.

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