Great King of Saints

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First Line: Great King of saints, enthroned on high
Title: Great King of Saints
Copyright: Public Domain


Great King of Saints, enthroned on high. [On behalf of Church Officers.] This hymn was given anonymously in W. Urwick's Collection of Hymns, &c, Dublin, 1829, No. 292, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Praise and Prayer for the Office-bearers of the Church." In 1836 it was included in J. Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, No. 193, and in some copies it was signed "Conder," in the index. This, however, was subsequently omitted. The history of this hymn goes back to Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 417, "Fair Sion's King, we suppliant bow," which was given in the 4th edition of J. Dobell's New Selection (1st edition 1806), No. 209 (second part), as, "Great King of Sion, gracious God." This was again rewritten and given in Urwick's Hymns as above. Its authorship has not been determined.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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Instances (1 - 13 of 13)

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d154

Chapel Hymns #d196

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Christian Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #638

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Church Psalmody #392

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H568

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #810

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #282.810

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The Baptist Hymn Book #810

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #544

The National Baptist Hymn Book #d179

The National Baptist Hymn Book #ad179

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The National Baptist Hymnal #528

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