To Christ the Monarch

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1 To Christ the Monarch, be our praise today,
Unto the Lord who set His people free;
His tribes have passed on dry ground through the flood,
Their foes cast down to darkest depth of sea;
With His right hand, and glorious holy arm
The King gains for Himself the victory.

2 The enemy said, I will overtake,
But horse and rider sank down like a stone
In surging tide, when parted watery walls
By God on high were all together thrown.
With His right hand, and glorious mighty power
The King gains for Himself the victory.

3 The enemy said, I will cast them down
To lions’ den, into the sevenfold flame;
But angels saved them from the lions’ mouths,
And cooling wind into the furnace came.
With His right hand, that rules o’er beast and fire,
The King gains for Himself the victory.

The enemy said, I will bind in chains
Th’imprisoned souls that lie in death’s domain;
But Christ the Lord led them into the light,
And Hades’ prisoners were free again;
With His right hand, and power o’er life and death,
The King gains for Himself the victory.

Glory, thanksgiving, praises to the King
May all His servants bring ’til heavens ring;
See, through the grave and gate of death He passed,
From bonds of sin His precious own to free;
With His right hand, and glorious holy arm
The King gains for Himself the victory.



Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8661

Author: W. Chatterton Dix

Most British hymn writers in the nineteenth century were clergymen, but William C. Dix (b. Bristol, England, 1837; d. Cheddar, Somerset, England, 1898) was a notable exception. Trained in the business world, he became the manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow, Scotland. Dix published various volumes of his hymns, such as Hymns of Love and Joy (1861) and Altar Songs: Verses on the Holy Eucharist (1867). A number of his texts were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Adapter: Richard W. Adams

Born: 1952, Mis­souri. Adams grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, Co­lum­bia (BA 1974, cum laude, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: To Christ the Monarch, be our praise today
Title: To Christ the Monarch
Author: W. Chatterton Dix (1871)
Adapter: Richard W. Adams (2019)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

YORKSHIRE

John Wainwright (b. Stockport, England, 1723; d. Stockport, 1768) wrote YORKSHIRE for [the] text [Christian's awake, salute the happy morn, by John Byrom] in 1750. The tune was first sung on Christmas Day, 1750, in the parish church of Stockport; it was first published in Caleb Ashworth's Collection…

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