This year we are going to blog our way through the whole season of Advent & Christmas sharing one song a day!
This is James Montgomery’s best psalm rendering. It is based on Psalm 72 and was written in eight stanzas for, and included in, a Christmas Ode which was sung at one of the Moravian settlements in the United Kingdom, Christmas, 1821. Included here are two recent “retuned” versions of the text from The Welcome Wagon and Sandra McCracken (Indelible Grace)
Chorus: Hail to the Lord’s anointed, great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun!
1. He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free,
To take away transgression, and rule in equity. (Chorus)
2. He comes in comfort quickly to those who suffer wrong,
To help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong.
3. To give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light,
Whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in His sight. (Chorus)
4. He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth,
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in His path to birth. (Chorus)
5. The tide of time shall never His covenant remove.
His Name shall stand forever, That Name to us is Love. (Chorus)
Check out our Advent Devotional for this year:
- Bellwether Arts “O Antiphons” 2018 Devotional