The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Blest be the King whose coming

Lyrics are copyright; see #74 in The Hymnal 1982.

Words: Frederico J. Pagura (1923-);
trans. Fred Pratt Green (1903-)

Music: Valet will ich dir geben
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Meter: 76 76 D

1. Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God
For him let doors be opened, no hearts against him barred!
Not robed in royal splendor, in power and pomp, comes he;
But clad as are all poorest, such his humility!

2. Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God
By those who truly listen his voice is truly heard;
Pity the proud and haughty, who have not learned to heed
The Christ who is the Promise, who has atonement made.

3. Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God
He only to the humble reveals the face of God.
All power is his, all glory! All things are in his hand,
All ages and all peoples, till time itself shall end!

4. Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God
He offers to the burdened the rest and grace they need.
Gentle is he and humble! And light his yoke shall be,
For he would have us bear it so he can make us free!

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