Hymn for Lent (Day 11): King of glory, king of peace

Today is the feast day of George Herbert. Given the name of this blog, it would be hard to choose anything else for today’s installment in our Lenten romp through the hymnal.

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 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.

Words: George Herbert, 1633

Here’s a video (thanks to Joseph P. Mathews, who brought it to my attention) of a congregation doing a fine job singing this wondrous text, complete with descant. Wish we could sing this at the parish I serve. Alas.

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5 Responses

  1. And, imagine, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd filled with students singing this a capella and the soaring descant filling the place. God is praised.

  2. Empy Schneider says:

    Those folks at General just know how to do things!!

  3. Scott Gunn says:

    Joseph, please accept my apologies. I have corrected the post.

    And, yes, I’ll agree that General knows how to do things. Like get every General grad to purchase 47 different items of merchandise so they’re always sporting General scarves, jackets, sweaters, socks, and so on. They do other things well too, I suspect.

  4. Well, we have to stay warm! And our name is too long (something about more than four characters that makes it less stately when printed fully) out, so we just buy lots and lots of stuff with our crest on it. You forgot the fleeces, lamps, and chairs, so the crest isn’t confined to articles of clothing or rings.