79. O Jesus, King of Glory

1 O Jesus, King of glory,
Both David's Lord and son!
Your realm endures forever,
In heaven is your throne.
Help that in earth's dominions,
From pole to farthest pole,
Your reign may spread salvation
To each benighted soul.

2 The eastern sages, kneeling,
Their richest tributes bring,
Where witnessing your glory,
They worship you, their King.
To you the star is pointing,
The sure prophetic Word;
So joyously we hail you:
Our Savior and our Lord!

3 You are a mighty monarch,
As by your Word is told,
Yet you care very little
For earthly goods or gold;
You come not proudly riding,
You seek no great renown,
You dwell in no high castle,
You wear no jeweled crown.

4 Yet you are decked with beauty,
With rays of glorious light;
Your works proclaim your goodness,
And all your ways are right.
O Lord, protect your people
With your almighty arm
That they may dwell in safety
From those who mean them harm.

5 Oh, look on me with pity
Though I am weak and poor;
Admit me to your kingdom
To dwell there, blest and sure.
I pray, Lord, guide and keep me
Safe from my bitter foes,
From sin and death and Satan;
Free me from all my woes.

6 Then let your Word within me
Shine as the fairest star,
Your reign of love revealing
How wonderful you are.
Help me confess you truly
And with your Christendom
Here own you King and Savior
With all the world to come.

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus, King of glory
Title: O Jesus, King of Glory
Author: Martin Behm, 1557-1622
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78
Publication Date: 1982
Meter: 76 76 D
Topic: Epiphany
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Teschner, 1584-1635
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Arrangement: Copyright 1982 Concordia Publishing House.

More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us