Hail to the Lord who comes

Hail to the Lord who comes

Author: John Ellerton (1880)
Tune: OLD 120TH
Published in 31 hymnals

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1 Hail to the Lord who comes,
comes to his temple gate,
not with his angel host,
not in his kingly state:
no shouts proclaim him nigh,
no crowds his coming wait.

2 But borne upon the throne
of Mary's gentle breast,
watched by her duteous love,
in her fond arms at rest;
thus to his Father's house
he comes, the heavenly guest.

3 There Joseph at her side
in reverent wonder stands;
and, filled with holy joy,
old Simeon in his hands
takes up the promised child,
the glory of all lands.

4 Hail to the great First-born,
whose ransom-price they pay,
the Son before all worlds,
the child of man to-day,
that he might ransom us
who still in bondage lay.

5 O Light of all the earth,
thy children wait for thee:
come to thy temples here,
that we, from sin set free,
before thy Father's face
may all presented be.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #110

Author: John Ellerton

John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884). Bert Polman… Go to person page >



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Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Ancient and Modern #110

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #279

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #191

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Common Praise #94

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CPWI Hymnal #772

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #314

Hymns and Psalms #126a

Hymns and Psalms #126b


The Cyber Hymnal #2478

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The Hymnal 1982 #259

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The New English Hymnal #157


Worship (3rd ed.) #692

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