1 O King of kings, before whose throne
The angels bow, no gift can we
Present that is indeed our own,
Since Heaven and earth belong to thee;
Yet this our souls through grace impart,
The offering of a thankful heart. A-men.
2 O Jesu, set at God’s right hand,
With thine eternal Father plead
For all thy loyal-hearted band,
Who still on earth thy succor need:
For them in weakness strength provide,
And through the world their footsteps guide.
3 O Holy Spirit, fount of breath,
Whose comforts never fail nor fade,
Vouchsafe the life that knows no death,
Vouchsafe the light that knows no shade;
And grant that we through all our days
May share thy gifts, and sing thy praise.
Quarles, John, son of Francis Quarles, was born in Essex in 1624, and was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He bore arms within the garrison at Oxford on behalf of Charles I. and subsequently (it is said) he was raised to the rank of captain in the King's service. On the downfall of the King, Quarles retired to London, and devoted himself to literature for a livelihood. He died there during the great Plague, 1665. He published several works including (1) Jeremiah's Lamentations Paraphrased, with Divine Meditations, 1648; and (2) Divine Meditations upon Several Subjects whereunto is annexed God's Love to Man’s Unworthiness, with several Divine Ejaculations. London, 1655 (Wood's Athenae Oxon.). From the Ejaculation, Mr. Darling adapted… Go to person page >
John Bishop (b. England, 1665; d. Winchester, England, 1737) was lay vicar at King's College, Cambridge, England, in 1687. From 1695 to 1737 he served as organist at Winchester College and in 1697 was appointed lay clerk. He was also an organist at Winchester Cathedral. In 1710 or 1711, Bishop publi…
Display Title: O King of Kings, Before Whose ThroneFirst Line: O King of kings, before whose throneTune Title: LEICESTER (Bishop)Author: John Quarles; Thomas DarlingMeter: 88.88.88Source: Divine Meditations upon Several Subjects (London: 1655); Adapted in Hymns for the Church of England, 1889