Scripture Verse

The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Psalm 24:10


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: Ana­to­li­us, cir­ca 800 (Τω Βασιλει και Δεαποτη). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in The Ec­cle­si­as­tic and Theo­lo­gian, 1853.

Music: Wohl­auf, thut nicht ver­za­gen Bar­tho­lo­mä­us Hel­der (1585–1635) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


The Lord and king of all things
But yes­ter­day was born;
And Ste­phen’s glo­ri­ous of­fer­ing
His birth-tide shall adorn:
No pearls of ori­ent splen­dor,
No jew­els can he show;
But with his own true heart’s blood
His shin­ing vest­ments glow.

Come, ye that love the mar­tyrs,
And pluck the flow­ers of song,
And weave them in a gar­land,
For this our sup­pli­ant throng;
And cry, O thou that shin­est
In grace’s bright­est ray,
Christ’s val­iant pro­to­mar­tyr,
For peace and fa­vor pray!

Thou first of all con­fess­ors,
Of all the dea­cons crown,
Of ev­ery fol­low­ing ath­lete,
The glo­ry and re­nown:
Make sup­pli­ca­tion, stand­ing
Before Christ’s roy­al throne,
That He would give the king­dom,
And for our sins atone!