O worship the King (William Croft)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-10). Score information: A4, 1 page, 42 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-10). Score information: A4, 1 page, 113 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
- Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2002-05-25). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 51 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Arranged for choir and congregation with descant and optional flute by Rod Mather
Title: O Worship the King
Composer: William Croft (attrib.)
Lyricist: Robert Grant, reworked by William Kethe in the Genevan Psalter of 1561.
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 10 10. 11 11
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 101
Description: For a descant, see O worship the King (I) (Alan Gray).
Original text and translations
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
O measureless might! Ineffable love!
While angels delight to worship Thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.