24. O worship the King all glorious above

1 O worship the King all glorious above,
and gratefully sing his power and his love,
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
his chariots of wrath the deep thunder-clouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

3 The earth, with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old,
established it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it has cast like a garment the sea.

4 Your bountiful care what tongue can recite?
it breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5 We children of dust are feeble and frail —
in you we will trust, for you never fail;
your mercies how tender, how firm to the end!
our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend.

6 O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

Text Information
First Line: O worship the King all glorious above
Author: W. Kethe (died 1594)
Alterer: R. Grant (1779-1838)
Meter: 10 10 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God, Father: Creating and Sustaining; The Creation
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): W. Croft (1678-1727)
Composer (descant): A. Gray (1855-1935)
Meter: 10 10 11 11
Key: G Major
Source: A Supplement to the New Version 1708

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