Christ is the King! O Friends Upraise

Representative Text

1 Christ is the King! O friends rejoice;
brothers and sisters, with one voice
make all men know he is your choice.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

2 O magnify the Lord, and raise
anthems of joy and holy praise
for Christ's brave saints of ancient days.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

3 They with a faith for ever new
followed the King, and round him drew
thousands of faithful men and true.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

4 O Christian women, Christian men,
all the world over, seek again
the Way disciples followed then.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

5 Christ through all ages is the same:
place the same hope in his great name,
with the same faith his word proclaim.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

6 Let love's unconquerable might
your scattered companies unite
in service to the Lord of light.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

7 So shall God's will on earth be done,
new lamps be lit, new tasks begun,
and the whole church at last be one.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #299

Author: G. K. A. Bell

George Kennedy Allen Bell was born in 1883. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury in 1914, was appointed as Dean of Canterbury in 1924 and became the Anglican bishop at Chichester in 1929. He was interested in ecumenism and friendship between the Anglican Church and churches in other countries and was instrumental in starting the World Council of Churches. He was also interested in religious drama and the integration of arts in the church. Dianne Shapiro, from Lambeth Palace Library archives Go to person page >

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First Line: Christ is the King! O friends upraise
Title: Christ is the King! O Friends Upraise
Author: G. K. A. Bell
Language: English
Copyright: © Oxford University Press



Melchior Vulpius (b. Wasungen, Henneberg, Germany, c. 1570; d. Weimar, Germany, 1615) composed this tune as a setting for Michael Weisse's hymn "Gelobt sei Gott in höchsten Thron." Weisse's text was published with the tune in Vulpius's Ein Schon Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Because the text dates f…

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