The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The King Is On His Journey

For Advent

Source: John Brownlie, Hymns of the Russian Church (Edinburgh: R & R. Clark, Limited, 1920)
See:
Christmas Hymns from John Brownlie

Meter: 7,6,8,6,8,8

1. The King is on His journey,
His heralds go before;
Soon shall the earth receive her Lord,
Nor mourn His absence more;
The dawn is leading in the day,
Ye sons of men, prepare His way.

2. The triumph of His victory
In battle songs proclaim;
Speak to the captive in his chains
The magic of His name;
He rules o'er freemen, not o'er slaves,
His arm is mighty, and it saves.

3. Bedeck His throne majestic,
Set forth His royal state;
With palms bestrew His onward path,
And open wide the gate;
His coming, lo, is now at hand,?
Obedient, wait His high command.

4. O Jesus, King, come quickly;
Thy waiting people pine
To see the beauty of Thy face
And hear Thy voice divine;
The fealty of their lives to give,
In willing service while they live.

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