2103. 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 in succor 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,
were precious in His sight.

3. By such shall He be fearèd
while sun and moon endure;
Beloved, obeyed, reverèd;
for He shall judge the poor
Through changing generations,
with justice, mercy, truth,
While stars maintain their stations,
or moons renew their youth.

4. He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth;
Love, joy, and 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.

5. Arabia’s desert ranger
to Him shall bow the knee;
The Ethiopian stranger
His glory come to see;
With offerings of devotion
ships from the isles shall meet,
To pour the wealth of oceans
in tribute at His feet.

6. Kings shall fall down before Him,
and gold and incense bring;
All nations shall adore Him,
His praise all people sing;
For He shall have dominion
o’er river, sea and shore,
Far as the eagle’s pinion
or dove’s light wing can soar.

7. For Him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end:
The mountain dews shall nourish
a seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish
and shake like Lebanon.

8. 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 forever,
His name to us is Love.

Text Information
First Line: Hail to the Lord's anointed
Title: Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Author: James Montgomery (1821)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: [This hymn] is a metrical version of the Seventy-second Psalm. It was written as a Christmas hymn and was first sung on Christmas Day, 1821, at a great convocation of the Moravians in their settlement at Fulneck. At a Wesleyan missionary meeting, held in Liverpool on April 14 of the following year, 1822, when Doctor Adam Clarke presided, Montgomery made an address and closed it by the recital of this hymn with all of its verses...Doctor Clarke later used it in his famous Commentary in connection with his discussion of the Seventy-second Psalm. Price, p. 103. Alternate tunes: BRITISH GRENADIERS, traditional English melody; CRÜGER, from a chorale by Johann Crüger, adapted by William H. Monk, 1823-1889); WOODBIRD, traditional German melody; ZOAN, William H. Havergal, 1845
Tune Information
Composer: Anonymous (1784)
Adapter & Harmonizer: Will­iam H. Monk (1868)
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 51765 13455 67122
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Ge­sang­buch der Herz­ogl. Wirt­em­berg­isch­en Ka­thol­isch­en Hof­ka­pel­le (Würt­tem­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1784); 1868 ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, num­ber 366
Copyright: Public Domain

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