Hail to the Lord’s anointed (Crüger)

Hymn – Hail to the Lord’s anointed – Lyrics

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth;
love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go,
and righteousness, in fountains,
from hill to valley flow.

Kings shall fall down before Him,
and gold and incense bring;
All nations shall adore Him,
His praise all people sing;
For He shall have dominion
O’er river, sea and shore,
Far as the eagle’s pinion
Or dove’s light wing can soar.

O’er every foe victorious,
He on His throne shall rest;
From age to age more glorious,
All blessing and all blest.
The tide of time shall never
His covenant remove;
His Name shall stand forever,
His Name to us is Love.


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  • Tune: Crüger
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: German Reformation
  • Composer: Johann Crüger (1598 – 1662) from his Gesagbuch adapted by Composer: William Henry Monk (1819 – 1900)
  • Lyricist: James Montgomery (1771 – 1854) based on Psalm 72
  • Church Year: Epiphany|Church Year: Advent
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.