Come, Thou almighty King

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This is a famous hymn, by an anonymous author. It was formerly attributed to Charles Wesley, but not found among his writings. The words are not found in any of the following sources:

  • Charles Wesley's Published Verse and Charles Wesley's Manuscript Verse websites of The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, Duke Divinity School.
  • Kimbrough, S T Jr. 2017. Alphabetical Index to the First Lines of All Stanzas of Poetry by John and Charles Wesley. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock. 410 pp.
  • Osborn, George. 1868-1872. The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley: Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors; Together with the Poems of Charles Wesley, Not Before Published. London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office. Volume 1, 380 pp. Volume 2, 1869, 374 pp. Volume 3, 1869, 390 pp. Volume 4, 1869, 488 pp. Volume 5, 1869, 492 pp. Volume 6, 1870, 476 pp. Volume 7, 1870, 452 pp. Volume 8, 1870, 496 pp. Volume 9, 1870, 471 pp. Volume 10, 1871, 502 pp. Volume 11, 1871, 512 pp. Volume 12, 1871, 456 pp. Volume 13, 1872, 529 pp. Available online.

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Whitefield, Collection of Hymns, 1757
1. 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!

2. Jesus our Lord, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall!
Let thine almighty aid,
Our sure defense be made,
Our souls on thee be stay'd;
Lord hear our call!

3. 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,
Descend in every heart,
And never from us depart.
Spirit of power.

5. To the great one in three
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore!
His sovereign Majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore!



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