474. Hail to the Lord's Anointed

1 Hail to the Lord's Anointed,
great David's greater Son!
Hail, in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free,
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

2 He comes with succour speedy
to those who suffer wrong,
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong,
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

3 He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth,
and love, joy, hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him, on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go;
and righteousness in fountains
from hill to valley flow.

4 For him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend,
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The mountain dew shall nourish
a seed, in weakness sown,
whose fruit shall spread and flourish
and shake like Lebanon.

5 O'er every foe victorious,
he on his throne shall rest,
from age to age more glorious,
all blessing and all-blest.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove;
his name shall stand for ever;
the name to us is Love.

Text Information
First Line: Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Author: James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Topic: Christ Risen: Coming Again; Christ Incarnate: Promise of the Messiah; Christian Year: Advent (3 more...)
Tune Information
Adapter: James Smith Anderson (1853-1945)
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: F Major
Source: German melody, 16th century or earlier
Copyright: © Oxford University Press

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