The King Shall Come
William C. Witherup

Composer William C. Witherup
Text John Brownlie, tr. from the Greek
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. handbells
Lectionary usage Advent
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length Released 6/18
Catalog no. 405-175
Difficulty Mod. easy

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The familiar Advent text is paired with the beautiful early American hymn tune MORNING SONG in this easy anthem that also incorporates an optional part for handbells.

Anthem text
The King shall come when morning dawns
and light triumphant breaks,
when beauty gilds the eastern hills,
and life to joy awakes.

Not as of old a little child
to bear, and fight, and die,
but crowned with glory like the sun
that lights the morning sky.

The King shall come when morning dawns,
and earth's dark night is past:
O haste the rising of that morn,
the day that aye shall last.

And let the endless bliss begin,
by weary saints foretold,
when right shall triumph over wrong,
and truth shall be extolled.

The King shall come when morning dawns,
and light and beauty brings;
"Hail, Christ the Lord!" Thy people pray,
come quickly, King of kings!

Text: John Brownlie, tr. from the Greek, 1907

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