Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >
Jesus, immortal King, go on [display] . T. Kelly. [Missions.] Appeared in Kelly's Collection of Psalms & Hymns &c, Dublin, 1802, No. 252 (the second hymn with the same number), in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in his Hymns, &c, 1804 (edition 1853, No. 532). Its use in this form is mainly confined to America. In Alford's Psalms & Hymns, 1844, No. 41, and his Year of Praise, 1867, it was given as "Jesus, immortal King, display."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)