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Thy Kingdom Come, O God

Thy kingdom come, O God, Thy reign, O Christ, begin

Author: Lewis Hensley
Tune: ST. CECILIA (Hayne)
Published in 121 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Thy kingdom come, O God,
thy rule, O Christ, begin;
break with thine iron rod
the tyrannies of sin.

2 Where is thy reign of peace
and purity and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
as in the realms above?

3 When comes the promised time
that war shall be no more,
and lust, oppression, crime
shall flee thy face before?

4 We pray thee, Lord, arise,
and come in thy great might;
revive our longing eyes,
which languish for thy sight.

5 Men scorn thy sacred name,
and wolves devour thy fold;
by many deeds of shame
we learn that love grows cold.

6 O'er lands both near and far
thick darkness broodeth yet:
arise, O Morning Star,
arise, and never set!

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #816a

Author: Lewis Hensley

Hensley, Lewis, M.A., born May, 1824, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where in 1846 he graduated as Senior Wrangler, and first Smith's Prizeman. From 1846 to 1852 he was a Fellow and Assistant Tutor of Trinity College. Taking Holy Orders in 1851, he held successively the Curacy of Upton-with-Chalvey, Bucks; the Vicarage of Ippolyts-with-Great-Wymondly, Hertfordshire, and that of Hitchin, in the same county; Rural Dean, 1867. His works include Household Devotions; Shorter Household Devotions, &c. His hymns appeared in his Hymns for the Sundays after Trinity, London, Bell & Daldy, 1864; and Hymns for the Minor Sundays from Advent to Whitsuntide, London, Bell & Daldy, 1867. His Advent hymn, "Thy Kingdom come, O God," is from the la… Go to person page >



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Ancient and Modern #816a


Ancient and Modern #816b

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #774

Church Family Worship #67

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #509

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Common Praise #607

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #691

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Complete Mission Praise #949

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #177

Hymns and Psalms #783

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #334

Hymns Old and New #519


Revival Hymns and Choruses #229

Sing Glory #269

Sing Glory #276

The Book of Praise #269


The Cyber Hymnal #6726


The Hymnal 1982 #613

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #626

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The New English Hymnal #499


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #172

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