The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Lord is King Lift Up Your Voice

Christ The King

Words: Josiah Conder (1789-1855), 1824

Music: Church Triumphant (James William Elliott, 1833-1915),
Winchester New, Venantius, Vom Himmel hoch

Meter: LM

Source: Josiah Conder, Star in the East and Other Poems (London: Taylor and Hessey, 1824), pp. 50-52.

“Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” – Rev. 29:6

1. The Lord is King! lift up your voice,
O earth, and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring:
The Lord Omnipotent is King.

2. The Lord is King! who then shall dare
Resist His will, distrust His care,
Or murmur at His wise decrees,
Or doubt His royal promises?

3. The Lord is King! child of the dust,
The Judge of the all the earth is just.
Holy and true are all His ways:
Let every creature speak His praise.

4. He reigns! ye saints, exalt your strains:
Your God is King, your Father reigns.
And He is at the Father's side,
The Man of love, the Crucified.

5. Come, make your wants, your burdens known;
He will present them at the throne;
And angel bands are waiting there,
His messages of love to bear.

6. Oh, when His wisdom can mistake,
His might decay, his love forsake,
Then may his children cease to sing,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.

7. Alike pervaded by His eye,
All parts of His dominion lie;
This world of ours, and worlds unseen,
And thin the boundary between.

8. One Lord, one empire, all secures:
He reigns— and life and death are yours.
Through earth and heaven one song shall ring,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.

Note:

First published in Conder's Star in the East and Other Poems, 1824, pp. 50-52, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon the words, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth” (Rev. 19:6). It contains several hymns by his wife, Eustace Rogers Conder. This hymn also appeared in the Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 461, and in Condor's posthumous Hymns of Praise, Prayer, and Devout Meditation, 1856, p. 196. The latter volume also contains several hymns by the compiler of the volume, his wife, Eustace Rogers Conder.

It is sometimes given as “The Lord is King! Lift up your voice.” In addition, there are also centos in Common Usage beginning (1) “The Lord is King! Child of the Dust” (stanzas iii), and “He reigns! Ye saints exalt your strains” (stanzas iv). Through these various forms this hymn is in extensive use.

Source: John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1892, 1907), p. 1153.

Also found in The Book of Christmas Hymns (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868), pp. 117-118.

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