Scripture Verse

The Lord is King for ever and ever. Psalm 10:16


Words: Jo­si­ah Con­der, 1824.

Music: Mis­sion­ary Chant Hein­rich C. Zeu­ner, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Zeu­ner (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Josiah Conder (1789–1855)


The Lord is king! lift up thy voice,
O earth; and all ye heav’ns, re­joice!
From world to world the joy shall ring,
The Lord om­ni­po­tent is king.

The Lord is king! who then shall dare
Resist His will, dis­trust His care,
Or mur­mur at His wise de­crees,
Or doubt His roy­al pro­mis­es?

The Lord is king! Child of the dust,
The Judge of all the earth is just;
Holy and true are all His ways;
Let every crea­ture speak His praise.

O when His wis­dom can mis­take,
His might de­cay, His love for­sake,
Then may His child­ren cease to sing,
The Lord om­ni­po­tent is king!

Alike per­vad­ed by His eye,
All parts of His do­min­ion lie;
This world of ours, and worlds un­seen,
And thin the boun­da­ry be­tween.

He reigns! ye saints, ex­alt your strains;
Your God is king, your Fa­ther reigns;
And He is at the Fa­ther’s side,
The Man of love, the Cru­ci­fied.

Come, make your wants, your bur­dens known;
He will pre­sent them at the throne;
And an­gel bands are wait­ing there
His mes­sag­es of love to bear.

One Lord, one em­pire, all se­cures;
He reigns, and life and death are yours:
Through earth and Heav’n one song shall ring,
The Lord om­ni­po­tent is king!