(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)
For this hymn I want to note the interesting poetical device used. There is a repetitive phrase at the end of each line. That phrase changes through each verse, and then eventually changes within the verse. The sense of poetical repetition is felt throughout, but isn’t let to get in the way of the actual message of the lyric.
The Lord is King! Lift up, lift up thy voice – Sing His praise sing His praise!
All heav’n and earth before Him now rejoice – Sing His praise, sing His praise!
From world to world the joy shall ring, For he alone is God and king;
From sky to sky His banners fling – Sing His Praise, sing His praise!
The Lord it King! Let all His worth declare – Great is He, great is He!
Bow to His will and trust His tender care – Great is He’ great is He!
Nor murmur at His wise decrees, Nor doubt His steadfast promises;
In humble faith fall on thy knees – Great is He, great is He!
The Lord is king! And bow to Him ye must – God is great, God is good!
The Judge of all to all is ever just – God is great, God is good!
Holy and true are all His ways; Let ev’ry creature shout His praise;
The Lord of Hosts, Ancient of days – God is great, God is good!
The Lord is King! Thru-out His vast domain He is all, all in all!
The Lord Jehovah evermore shall reign – He is all, all in all!
Thru earth and heav’n one song shall ring, From grateful hearts this anthem spring:
Arise, ye saints, salute thy King – All thy days, sing His praise!