1 Down came the King from palace of white,
Down to the earth, in darkest of night;
Our world to sweeten, lives to make bright,
King of the Ivory Palace has come!
2 Garments proclaiming cassia’s bloom,
Fragrant with aloe, myrrh’s dark perfume;
Ye kings and princes, prepare Him room;
King of the Ivory Palace has come.
3 How sad the world should eagerly wait,
Pining, they watched the Beautiful Gate,
Then turned away in anger and hate
When from the Ivory Palace He came.
4 The King returned to Heaven again;
Leaving His peace and joy with men,
And would the holy Comforter send,
The King of ivory palaces said.
5 Our King has said that He’ll come again;
We know not how, nor neither the when;
Watching and waiting, we’ll pray, and then
Up to the Ivory Palace ascend.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10967