Blest Be the King Whose Coming

Representative Text

1 Blest be the King whose coming
is in the name of God!
For him let doors be opened,
no hearts against him barred!

2 Not robed in royal splendour,
in power and pomp, comes he;
but clad as are the poorest—
such his humility!

3 Blest be the King whose coming
is in the name of God!
By those who truly listen
his voice is truly heard.

4 Pity the proud and haughty,
who have not learned to heed
the Christ who is the Promise,
who has our ransom paid.

5 Blest be the King whose coming
is in the name of God!
He only to the humble
reveals the face of God.

6 All power is his, all glory!
All things are in his hand,
all ages and all peoples,
till time itself shall end!

7 Blest be the King whose coming
is in the name of God!
He offers to the burdened
the rest and grace they need.

8 Gentle is he and humble!
And light his yoke shall be,
for he would have us bear it
so he can make us free!

Source: CPWI Hymnal #35b

Author: Federico J. Pagura

Federico José Pagura was an Argentine Methodist bishop and author and translator of hymns. Leland Bryant Ross Go to person page >

Translator: Fred Pratt Green

The name of the Rev. F. Pratt Green is one of the best-known of the contemporary school of hymnwriters in the British Isles. His name and writings appear in practically every new hymnal and "hymn supplement" wherever English is spoken and sung. And now they are appearing in American hymnals, poetry magazines, and anthologies. Mr. Green was born in Liverpool, England, in 1903. Ordained in the British Methodist ministry, he has been pastor and district superintendent in Brighton and York, and now served in Norwich. There he continued to write new hymns "that fill the gap between the hymns of the first part of this century and the 'far-out' compositions that have crowded into some churches in the last decade or more." --Seven New Hymns o… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blest be the King whose coming
Title: Blest Be the King Whose Coming
Author: Federico J. Pagura
Translator: Fred Pratt Green (b. 1903, alt.)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1974 by Hope Publishing Company


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ST. CLEMENT (Scholefield)

ST. CLEMENT was composed for [John Ellerton's text "The Day Thou Gavest"] by Rev. Clement C. Scholefield (b. Edgbaston, near Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 1839; d. Goldalming, Surrey, England, 1904). ST. CLEMENT was published in Arthur S. Sullivan's 1874 hymnal, Church Hymns with Tunes; of his…

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Eric H. Thiman (b. Ashford, Kent, England, 1900; d. Camden, London, England, 1975) composed STOKESAY CASTLE in 1923 as a setting for "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus." The tune was published with a variety of other texts in the British Congregational Praise (1951) and in the Canadian Anglican and Unite…

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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #210

CPWI Hymnal #35a

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CPWI Hymnal #35b


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The Hymnal 1982 #74

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