King of Glory King of Peace

This hymn about kingship is from George Herbert's 1633 poem "The Temple".

With meter, 74 74 D, the tunes that it has been set to include
  • GWALCHMAI by Joseph David Jones (1827-1870) 
  • SALVE CORDIS GAUDIUM by Johann Rudolph Ahle ( 1625 - 1673 )
  • JESU MEINES HERZENS FREUD by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • GENERAL SEMINARY by David Charles Walker (b 1938)




King of glory, King of peace
I will love Thee;
And that love may never cease
I will move Thee.
Thou hast granted my request
Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast
Thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing Thee;
And the cream of all my heart
I will bring Thee.
Though my sins against me cried
Thou alone didst clear me;
And alone, when they replied
Thou didst hear me.

Seven whole days, not one in seven
I will praise Thee;
In my heart, though not in Heaven
I can raise Thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
To enroll Thee:
E'en eternity's too short
To extol Thee.

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