Come, Thou Almighty King, Help us Thy name to singAuthor: Anonymous
Tune: ITALIAN HYMN
Published in 1565 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, SibeliusAudio files: MIDI
1 Come, thou almighty King,
help us thy name to sing;
help us to praise.
Father, all glorious,
o'er all victorious,
come, and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.
2 Come, thou incarnate Word,
gird on thy mighty sword;
scatter thy foes.
Let thine almighty aid
our sure defense be made,
our souls on thee be stayed;
thy wonders show.
3 Come, holy Comforter,
thy sacred witness bear
in this glad hour.
Thou who almighty art,
now rule in every heart,
and ne'er from us depart,
Spirit of power.
4 To thee, great One in Three,
eternal praises be
Thy sovereign majesty
may we in glory see,
and to eternity
love and adore.
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #492
|First Line:||Come, Thou Almighty King, Help us Thy name to sing|
|Title:||Come, Thou Almighty King|
|Source:||English, before 1760|
st.3 = John 15:26
The anonymous text dates from before 1757, when it was published in a leaflet and bound into the 1757 edition of George Whitefield's Collection of Hymns for Social Worship. The text appears to be patterned after the British national anthem, "God Save the King." Filled with names for members of the Godhead, this song exhibits a common trinitarian structure, addressing God the Father (st. 1), God the Son (st. 2), and God the Holy Spirit (st. 3), concluding with a doxology to the Trinity (st. 4).
The text has often been attributed to Charles Wesley, since the leaflet also included a hymn text from his pen (“Jesus, Let Thy Pitying Eye"); however, "Come, Thou Almighty King" was never printed in any of the Wesley hymnals, and no other Wesley text is written in such an unusual mete
Beginning of worship; as a doxology (st.4)
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Come, Thou Almighty King. [Holy Trinity.] The earliest form in which this hymn is found is in 5 stanzas of 7 lines, with the title, "An Hymn to the Trinity," on a tract of four pages, together with stanzas 1, 2, 6, 10, 11, and 12, of C. Wesley's hymn on "The Backslider," beginning "Jesus, let Thy pitying eye," &c, thus making up a tract of two hymns. The date of this tract is unknown. It is bound up with the British Museum copy of the 6th ed. of G. Whitefield's Collection, 1757, and again with the copies in the same library of the 8th ed., 1759, and the 9th, 1760. In subsequent editions beginning with the 10th, 1761, both hymns were incorporated in the body of the book. M. Madan included it in the Appendix to his Collection in 1763, No. cxcv., and through this channel, together with the WhitefieldCollection, it has descended to modern hymnals. The loss of the titlepage (if any) of the above tract renders the question of its authorship one of some doubt. The first hymn in the tract is compiled, as indicated, from C. Wesley's hymn, "Jesus, let Thy pitying eye," which appeared in his Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, some eight years before the abridged form was given in G. Whitefield’s Collection. The hymn, "Come, Thou Almighty King," however, cannot be found in any known publication of C. Wesley, and the assigning of the authorahip to him is pure conjecture. Seeing that it is given, together with another hymn, at the end of some copies of the 6th, 8th and 9th ed. of Whitefield's Collection (1757, 1759 and 1760), and was subsequently em¬bodied in that Collection, the most probable conclusion is that both hymns were printed by Whitefield as additions to those editions of his collection, and that, as in the one case, the hymn is compiled from one by C. Wesley, so in this we have probably the reprint of the production of an author to us as yet unknown. Much stress has been laid on the fact that the late D. Sedgwick always maintained the authorship of C. Wesley, and that from his decision there was no appeal. The "S. MSS." show clearly that (1) Sedgwick's correspondence respecting this hymn was very extensive; (2) that he knew nothing of the British Museum copies noted above; (3) that he had no authority for his statement but his own private opinion Based on what he regarded as internal evidence alone; (4) and that all the Wesleyan authorities with whom he corresponded, both in G. Britain and America, were against him. His authority is, therefore, of no value. The evidence to the present time will admit of no individual signature. It is "Anon.”
The use of this hymn, both in Great Britain, the Colonies, and America, is very extensive. It has also been rendered into various languages. Original text, Lyra Britannica, 18G7, p. 656; Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
“His Sovereign majesty May we in glory see.”
“Come, Thou Almighty King” is an anonymous text that first appeared in print in a short pamphlet published by the Wesleys alongside one of Charles Wesley’s hymns. The British Museum contains a copy of this pamphlet bound with the 1757 edition of George Whitefield’s Collection of Hymns for Social Worship, as well as two later editions from 1759 and 1760. The fact that it appeared with Wesley’s hymn has led some to believe that Wesley wrote it, but this is doubtful. The hymn does not appear in any of the older Methodist hymnals, and Wesley never claimed it, nor did he write another hymn in the unusual meter of this one.
Similarities between “Come, Thou Almighty King” and the British national anthem “God Save the King” suggest that the hymn was written as a parody to that national anthem. There is a story that, during the American Revolution, some British soldiers surprised an American congregation on Long Island and ordered them to sing “God Save the King.” The Americans responded by singing the correct tune, but the words of “Come, Thou Almighty King.”
This text was written with five stanzas. The original second stanza, which addresses Jesus as our great military leader, is always omitted, but sometimes it is combined with the original third stanza. The four stanzas that remain contain other militaristic language, which is sometimes edited. Each of the first three stanzas is addressed to a member of the Trinity: God the Father (st. 1, fourth line), the Son (the “incarnate word,” opening line of st. 2), and the Holy Spirit (“holy comforter, opening line of st. 3). The fourth stanza concludes with a doxology to the Trinity.
This text was originally sung to the tune of the British national anthem (known now in the U.S. as AMERICA). In 1769, a new tune was written especially for this text for Martin Madan’s A Collection of Psalm-Tunes never published before, a music book sold to benefit the Lock Hospital, a London charitable institution. One of the hospital’s patrons, Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, had asked Felice de Giardini, a popular Italian composer living in London, to write a new tune for these words, and ITALIAN HYMN was the result. Madan, the hospital’s chaplain, included the tune in his collection, and it became popular.
ITALIAN HYMN is so named because its composer was an Italian living in England. It is also known as MOSCOW, after the city where Giardini died, or TRINITY, after the theme of the hymn. Other uncommon names include FAIRFORD, FLORENCE, GIARDINI'S, or HERMAN.
For general use, this hymn is suitable for the opening of worship, or as a doxology. A couple of Sundays where it is especially appropriate are Trinity Sunday and Pentecost (with the focus on stanza 4).
“Come, Thou Almighty King” for handbells by Kevin McChesney has an interesting rhythmic underpinning all the way through. Victor Johnson has written a majestic concertato setting of “Come, Thou Almighty King” for choir, congregation, and organ, with optional brass, timpani, and handbell parts. Another setting of “Come, Thou Almighty King” by Michael Burkhardt alternates between the fully orchestrated use of the popular tune ITALIAN HYMN and an a capella rendering of the lesser-known tune NEW HAVEN. Lloyd Larson’s piano suite “Jesus Shall Reign” contains a classical prelude setting of ITALIAN HYMN.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 54 of 54)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #49||Come now, Almighty King||Italian Hymn||1992|
|African American Heritage Hymnal #327||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||66 4 666 4||Leviticus 9:23||2001||Everlasting Life ||
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #135||Come, Thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||MOSCOW||664 66 64||1994||Adoration | ; Commitment | ; Encouragement | ; Trinity |||<cite>Whitefield's Collection</cite>, 1757|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #247||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||22.214.171.124.6.6.4.||Psalm 24:10||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #336||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||126.96.36.199.6.6.4.||2008||Holy Spirit, His Power | ; Jesus, Lordship ||
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #2||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||188.8.131.52.6.6.4.||2010||God the Trinity | ; Trinity ||
|Chalice Hymnal #27||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||664.6664||1995||God Beyond All Name and Form | Praise to God; Descants | ; God | ; God: Majesty | ; God: Power | ; God: Reign | ; God: Trinity | ; Jesus Christ: Presence | ; Praise | ; Service Music: Doxologies | ; Holy Spirit ||
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #193||Come, now, almighty King||Come, Now, Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Unknown||664 6664||1993||Holy Trinity ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #12||Come, Thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Unknown||664 6664||1996||Invocation ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #408||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||6 6 4 6 6 6 4||2006||Adoration | ; Invocation | ; Holy Trinity | ; Gathering | ; Prayer |||Source unknown, c. 1757, alt.|
|Gather (3rd ed.) #562||Come now, almighty King||Come Now, Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.||66 4 666 4||Psalm 45:3-4; Psalm 51:12-13; Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:22; John 16:13; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 19:11-16||2011||Christ the King | ; Gathering | ; God the Father/Creator | ; Holy Spirit | ; Incarnation | ; Majesty and Power | ; Name Of God | ; Petition/Prayer | ; Praise | ; Sending Forth | ; Trinity | ; Word of God |||<cite>Collection of Hymns for Social worship</cite>, 1757, alt.|
|Gather Comprehensive #475||Come, now almighty King||Come Now Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||66 4 666 4||Psalm 45:3-4; Psalm 51:12-13; Daniel 7:9-22; John 16:13; Revelation 19:11-16||1994||Seasons and Feasts | Christ the King; Holy Name ||
|Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #486||Come now, almighty King||Come Now, Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.||66 4 666 4||2004||Holy Name ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #2||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||184.108.40.206.6.6.4.||Exodus 15:18; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 45:3-4; Psalm 47:7-8; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 103:19; Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:13; Daniel 7:22; John 1:14; John 14:16-17; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 6:17; Revelation 19:11-16||2013||Adoration | ; Christian Year | Trinity; Gift of the Holy Spirit | ; Incarnation | ; Sovereignty of God | ; The Triune God |||<i>Collection of Hymns for Social Worship</i>, 1757, alt.|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #365||Come, thou almighty King||MOSCOW||Anon.||664. 664||1985|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #247||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||220.127.116.11.6.6.4||Psalm 95:3||2007||Adoration and Praise | ; Advent | ; Close of Worship / Sending Forth | ; Kingdom | ; Opening of Worship | ; Prayer / Petition | ; Trinity | ; Word of God ||
|Hymns of Faith #54||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||[Come, Thou Almighty King]||Psalm 29:2; Romans 8:16||1980||God | Majesty and Power; God | Trinity; Worship |||Unknown|
|Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #54||Come, thou Almighty King, Help us thy name to sing||ITALIAN HYMN||1982|
|Hymns of Truth & Light #9||Come, thou almighty King, help us thy name to sing||ITALIAN HYMN||1998|
|Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #334||Come now, almighty King||Come Now, Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.||66 4 666 4||Psalm 45:3-4; Psalm 51:12-13; Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:22; John 16:13; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 19:12||2012||Most Holy Trinity | ; Christ the King | ; God the Father, Creator | ; Holy Name of God | ; Holy Spirit | ; Incarnation | ; Jesus Christ | ; Majesty and Power | ; Petition, Prayer | ; Praise | ; Going Forth, Sending Forth | ; Trinity | ; Word of God; Gospel | ; Worship and Adoration |||<i>Collection of Hymns for Social Worship</i>, 1757, alt.|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #492||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||anonymous||18.104.22.168.6.6.4||Daniel 7:9; John 15:26||2013||Church Year | Trinity Sunday; Doxologies | ; God As | Father; God's | Glory; God as | King; God's | Majesty; Jesus Christ | King; Trinity | ; Elements of Worship | Opening of Worship: Called And Gathered|
|Living Hymns #2||Come, Thou almighty King, Help us Thy Name to sing||[Come, Thou almighty King]||1988|
|Lutheran Service Book #905||Come, Thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||664 66 64||1 Timothy 6:14-16; John 1:14; John 14:25-26; Revelation 4:8||2006||Beginning of Service | ; Hymn of Invocation |||English, before 1760, alt.|
|Moravian Book of Worship #555||Come now, almighty King||Come Now, Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Charles Wesley||22.214.171.124.6.6.4.||Psalm 47:6-7; Zechariah 4:6; John 1:14; John 14:16-26; John 15:26; Romans 8; Romans 15:1-13||1995||Worship | ; Christian year--Trinity ||
|Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #463||Come now, almighty King (¡Oh Padre, eterno Dios!)||Come Now, Almighty King (¡Oh Padre, Eterno Dios!)||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous; Vicente Mendoza, 1875-1955||66 4 666 4||Psalm 45:3-4; Daniel 7:9; John 16:13; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 19:11-16||2013||Solemnities of the Lord | Most Holy Trinity; Solemnidades del Señor | Santisima Trinidad; Solemnities of the Lord | Christ the King; Solemnidades del Señor | Jesucristo, Rey del Universo; Alabanza | ; Praise | ; Despedida | ; Sending Forth | ; Dios el Padre | Creador; God the Father | Creator; Encarnación | ; Incarnation | ; Espíritu Santo | ; Holy Spirit | ; Jesucristo | ; Jesus Christ | ; Majestad y Poder | ; Majesty and Power | ; Name Of God | ; Nombre de Dios | ; Palabra de Dios | ; Word of God | ; Petition/Prayer | ; Súplica/Oración | ; Trinidad, Santísima | ; Trinity |||<cite>Collection of Hymns for Social worship</cite>, 1757, alt.; Tr. St. 4, anon.|
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #48||Come, Thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Charles Wesley||1979||Worship | The Trinity||Source Unknown|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #139||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||126.96.36.199.6.6.4||1990||<i>Collection of of Hymns for Social Worship</i>, 1757; alt.|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #246||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITAILAN HYMN||Anonymous||664 6664||John 15:26; Romans 8:15-16; Romans 8:16||1987||Doxologies | ; King, God/Christ as | ; Preaching | ; Opening of Worship ||
|Rejoice Hymns #9||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||188.8.131.52.6.6.4.||Psalm 24:10; Revelation 22:20||2011||Adoration | ; Adoration and Praise | ; God | Majesty and Power; Holy Spirit | ; Praise | ; Trinity | ; Worship ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #618||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||66.4.666.4||Isaiah 55:11||1985||Beginning of Worship |||English|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #71||Come, Thou almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #88||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||[Come, Thou Almighty King]||Unknown||1989||Worship ||
|Small Church Music #266||Come, Thou Almighty King||MOSCOW||Charles Wesley||184.108.40.206.6.6.4|
|Small Church Music #1982||Come, Thou Almighty King||Italian Hymn||ITALIAN HYMN||Charles Wesley||220.127.116.11.6.6.4|
|Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #157||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||[Come, Thou Almighty King]||Anonymous||1989||Praise ||
|The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #2||Come, Thou almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN (Trinity)||1996|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #8||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||18.104.22.168.6.6.4.||1997||Praise the Lord | ; Adoration and Praise | Jesus Our Savior|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #4||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||Italian Hymn||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #101||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||22.214.171.124.6.6.4.||Psalm 24:9-10; Psalm 47:7-8; John 1:1; John 1:14; John 14:26||1996||Doxologies and Glorias | ; Gathering | ; Holy Trinity | ; Kingdom of God | ; Music and Singing | ; Pulpit Hymns | ; Word and Teaching ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #9780||Come, Thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||[Come, Thou almighty King]||Charles Wesley|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #267||Come, Thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||126.96.36.199.6.6.4.||1986||Adoration and Praise | God Our Father; Opening of Service | Hymns and Songs; Trinity |||Source Unknown|
|The New Century Hymnal #275||Come now, Almighty God||Come Now, Almighty God||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.||188.8.131.52.6.6.5||1995||God | Power and Majesty of; God | Realm of; Pentecost | Trinity Sunday; Year C | Trinity Sunday|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #61||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.||664.6664||1989|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #61b||Come, thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||AMERICA||Anon.||664.6664||1989|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #185||[Come, thou almighty King]||ITALIAN HYMN||1991|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #186||[Come, thou almighty King]||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.; Samuel Wolcott||1991|
|The Worshiping Church #5||Come, thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||184.108.40.206.6.6.4.||Romans 8:16; Ephesians 6:17; Acts 1:8; John 14:3; Psalm 29:2; Daniel 7:9||1990||God | The Trinity; God | Eternal; Holy Spirit | Witness of||Source unknown, c. 1757|
|Timeless Truths #792||Come, Thou almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Charles Wesley||220.127.116.11||Revelation 19:6||Supplication |||Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Come_Thou_Almighty_King); The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/c/t/ctak.htm); Faith Publishing House, <i>Evening Light Songs</i>, 1949, edited 1987 (434); The Gospel Trumpet Company, <i>|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #101||Come, thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||TRINITY||Anonymous||18.104.22.168.6.6.4.||2 Corinthians 13:14||1990||Supplication | ; Christ | The Word; Holy Spirit | Comforter; Invocation ||
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #314||Come now, almighty King||Come Now, Almighty King||SERUG||Anon.||6 6 4 6 6 4||1996||God | The Triune God; God | Glory; God | Kingdom, Majesty, Realm; God | Majesty; God | Name; God | Power/Might; God | Presence; God | Reign; Good News, Gospel | ; Holy Spirit | Power; Holy Spirit | Presence; Jesus Christ | Incarnation; Jesus Christ | Word; Opening Hymns | ; Petition | ; Praise | ; Service Music | Gathering, Call to Worship, Greeting; Service Music | Doxologies; Trinity | ; Witness | ; Word of God | ; Worship | ; Proper 10 | Year A; Proper 11 | Year A; Reign of Christ | Year A; Christmas 1 | Year B; Pentecost | Year B; Trinity Sunday | Year B; Proper 28 | Year B; Reign of Christ | Year B; Trinity Sunday | Year C; Proper 21 | Year C; All Saints | Year C; Proper 28 | Year C; Monday in Holy Week | Year ABC||18th century, George Whitfield's <I>Collection of Hymns</i>, 1757, alt.|
|Worship and Rejoice #148||Come, thou Almighty King||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anonymous||22.214.171.124.6.6.4.||John 1:14; Colossians 3:15; Daniel 7:9; Ephesians 6:17; Psalm 29:2; Acts 1:8; John 14:3; 1 Peter 3:15||2001||Adoration ||
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #7||Come, thou almighty King||Italian Hymn||1996|
|Worship Together #8||Come, Thou Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||1995|
|Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #487||Come, now almighty King||Come, Now Almighty King||ITALIAN HYMN||Anon.||66 4 666 4||Psalm 45:3-4; Psalm 51:12-13; Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:22; John 16:13; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 19:11-16||1986||Trinity Sunday | ; Christ the King | ; Gathering | ; Petition | ; Praise | ; Word of God ||