Words by: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) in 1757
Music by: Felice de Giardini (1716-1796)
De Giardini wrote the music specifically for this hymn.
In the days of the American Revolution a congregation of patriotic colonists were worshiping in their church on Long Island when the service was interrupted by the arrival of a company of Hessian troops. The captain stalked up the aisle and commanded the people to sing “God Save the King.” The organist started the tune that we call “America”; but the people, true to the cause of the American colonies and to their God, sang this hymn.
Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Felice de Giardini (1716-1796)
LYRICS: Come Thou Almighty King
- Come, Thou Almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing, Help us to praise.
Father, all glorious, O'er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us, Ancient of Days.
- Jesus our Lord arise
Scatter our enemies and make them fall
Let Thine almighty, aid our sure defense be made
Souls on thee be stayed Lord, hear our call
- Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty sword, Our prayer attend:
Come, and Thy people bless, And give Thy word success;
Spirit of holiness, On us descend.
4. Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear In this glad hour:
Thou who Almighty art, Now rule in every heart,
And ne'er from us depart, Spirit of pow'r.
5. To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be Hence evermore.
Thy sov'reign majesty May we in glory see,
And to eternity Love and adore.