O Jesus, King of Glory

Tune: Ich dank dir, lieber Herre

  1. O Jesus, King of Glory,
    Both David’s Lord and Son!
    Thy realm endures forever,
    In heav’n is fixed Thy throne.
    Help that in earth’s dominions,
    Throughout from pole to pole,
    Thy reign may spread salvation
    To each benighted soul.

  2. The Eastern sages, bringing
    Their tribute gifts to Thee,
    Bear witness to Thy kingdom
    And humbly bow the knee.
    To Thee the star is pointing,
    And the prophetic Word;
    Hence joyously we hail Thee:
    Our Savior and our Lord!

  3. Thou art a mighty Monarch,
    As by Thy Word is told,
    Yet carest Thou but little
    For earthly goods or gold;
    On no proud steed Thou ridest,
    Thou wear’st no jeweled crown
    Nor dwell’st in lordly castle,
    But bearest scoff and frown.

  4. Yet art Thou decked with beauty,
    With rays of glorious light;
    Thy works proclaim Thy goodness,
    And all Thy ways are right.
    Vouchsafe to shield Thy people
    With Thine almighty arm
    That they may dwell in safety
    From those who mean them harm.

  5. Ah, look on me with pity
    Though I am weak and poor;
    Admit me to Thy kingdom
    To dwell there, blest and sure.
    I pray Thee, guide and keep me
    Safe from my bitter foes,
    From sin and death and Satan;
    Free me from all my woes.

  6. And bid Thy Word within me
    Shine as the fairest star:
    Keep sin and all false doctrine
    Forever from me far.
    Help me confess Thee truly
    And with Thy Christendom
    Here own Thee King and Savior
    And in the world to come.

O König aller Ehren
Martin Behm, 1606
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 130

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