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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Hymns. IV. “The Lord is King”

Josiah Conder (1789–1855)

THE LORD is King! lift up thy voice,

O earth, and all ye heavens rejoice!

From world to world the joy shall ring:

The Lord Omnipotent is King.

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?

The Lord is King! Child of the dust,

The Judge of all the earth is just:

Holy and true are all His ways;

Let every creature speak His praise.

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.

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.

Oh, when His wisdom can mistake,

His might decay, His love forsake,

Then may His children cease to sing,

The Lord Omnipotent is King.

Alike pervaded by His eye,

All parts of His dominion lie;

This world of ours and worlds unseen,

And thin the boundary between.

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.