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All Hail, Mysterious King

All hail, mysterious King

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 14 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 All hail, mysterious King!
Hail, David’s ancient root!
Thou righteous Branch,
Which thence did spring,
To give the nations fruit.

2 Our weary souls shall rest
Beneath Thy grateful shade;
Our thirsting lips
Salvation taste;
Our fainting hearts are glad.

3 Fair Morning-Star, arise,
With living glories bright,
And pour on these
Awakening eyes
A flood of sacred light.

4 The horrid gloom is fled,
Pierced by Thy beauteous ray;
Shine, and our wand’ring
Footsteps lead
To everlasting day.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13053

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All hail, mysterious King
Title: All Hail, Mysterious King
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


All hail, mysterious King. P. Doddridge. [Christ the King.] This hymn on Rev. xxii. 16 is not in the “D. MSS." It was first published (posthumously) in his Hymns, &c, 1755 No. 359, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Christ the Root and Offspring of David, and the Morning Star." It is also repeated in later editions of the same work, and in the corrected and enlarged ed. by J. D. Humphreys, 1839. Its use in Great Britain is limited, and confined almost exclusively to the older collections; but in America it is given in several hymnals.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #13053
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The Cyber Hymnal #13053

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