Scripture Verse

The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Revelation 19:6

Introduction

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Henry F. Chorley
(1808–1872)

Words: Henry F. Chor­ley, 1842, & John El­ler­ton, 1870. Through a pro­cess lost to his­to­ry, two sim­i­lar but dif­fer­ent sets of ly­rics have merged in­to the ver­sion of this hymn that we know to­day.

Music: Russ­ian Hymn Alex­is F. Lvov, 1833 (🔊 pdf nwc). You can hear strains of this tune in Tchai­kov­sky’s 1812 Ov­er­ture, pit­ted against the Mar­seil­laise.

Alternate Tunes:

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Alexis F. Lvov
(1798–1870)

Lyrics

God, the omnipotent!
King who ordainest
Great winds Thy clarions,
Lightnings Thy sword;
Show forth Thy pity
On high where Thou reignest,
Give to us peace
In our time, O Lord.

God the all merciful!
Earth hath forsaken
Thy ways of blessedness,
Slighted Thy Word;
Bid not Thy wrath in
Its terrors awaken;
Give to us peace
In our time, O Lord.

God the all righteous One!
Man hath defied Thee;
Yet to eternity
Standeth Thy Word,
Falsehood and wrong shall
Not tarry beside Thee;
Give to us peace
In our time, O Lord.

God the all wise!
By the fire of Thy chastening,
Earth shall to freedom
And truth be restored;
Through the thick darkness
Thy kingdom is hastening;
Thou wilt give peace
In Thy time, O Lord.

So shall Thy children,
With thankful devotion,
Praise Him who saved them
From peril and sword,
Singing in chorus
From ocean to ocean,
Peace to the nations,
And praise to the Lord.